Manchester City Council

300 inspirational looked after children and young people receive awards at special ceremony

300 of Manchester's most vulnerable and yet inspirational children and young people have received awards from Manchester City Council at a special event held over the weekend at Manchester University.

The annual awards are organised by the council to recognise and reward the outstanding achievements, often in the face of adversity, by the city's looked after children and young people.

Children and young people are nominated for awards by their careers, social workers or teachers. The awards recognise the hard work, stand-out achievements, and personal endeavours of some of the most deserving and inspirational of the city's looked after children and young people.

Awards are made in a number of different categories including continuous effort, school achievement, citizenship, and work skills.

Aspiration awards are also made to young people who have overcome their difficulties and achieved academic excellence and gone on to higher education.

An international award is also made to an unaccompanied young asylum seeker who has made real progress in their education since arriving in the country.

The awards ceremony concluded with the presentation of two Special Star awards. These recognise two young people who have managed to achieve great things against the odds and have shown they have the skills and qualities to deal with life's challenges and changes in a positive way.

Councillor Sheila Newman, Executive Member for Children's Services, Manchester City Council, said: "Hearing about the amazing achievements of some of our most vulnerable children and young people - often against all the odds - is both humbling and inspirational.

"It's also a reminder that with the right help and support at the right time, even those in greatest need when they come into our care through no fault of their own, can and do achieve and succeed, and will hopefully go on to lead happy and successful lives."

Awards were presented to children and young people at the event by the Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Paul Murphy, Councillor Sheila Newman, and Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, Deputy Executive Member Children's Services.

Other guests included poet Mike Garry, John Shiels from Manchester United Foundation, the Manchester United Foundation Choir, and the Aim High Dance Crew.

The event was also supported by Manchester and Salford universities.

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