A carnival theme provided the colourful back-drop to a ceremony held to mark the many and varied achievements of children and teenagers growing up in care and care leavers.
Nearly 100 young people received certificates at the annual Celebrating Success Awards, held jointly by Doncaster Children’s Services Trust and Doncaster Council.
The young people were awarded in categories which marked achievements in education, sport, creativity and the arts and personal achievement and included many examples of courage, determination and kindness.
This year’s winners ranged from those who have achieved excellence at school, raised money for charity, completed a 46 mile bike ride in London, excelled at sports and inspired others.
Guest presenters included Mayor of Doncaster Coun Ros Jones and President of the Rotary Club of Doncaster, Paul West.
The Rotary Club had donated £1,000 towards the event, which included a stilt walker and balloon modeller, as well as soft archery sessions, a disco and refreshments.
A special award was presented by Chief Executive of the Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, Paul Moffat, to one of his team of Young Advisors, Becci Coole.
Over the last two years, Becci (20) has completed her Children and Young People’s Workforce qualification alongside an access to Higher Education course; she spends her weekends doing relief work in children’s homes and has helped develop and deliver a training package for professionals which gives them a flavour of what it is like to be a child in care. Around £10,000 has been raised from this to create a bursary for other young people in care wishing to go on to Higher Education.
Becci, who has now started a social work degree course, has also attended Westminster with her Young Advisor colleagues to advise on mental health services and on sibling contact for young people in care; and has helped lead the Trust’s Children in Care Council.
Commenting on all the awards, Paul Moffat said: “It is very humbling each year to mark the fantastic achievements of our children and young people. Hearing about their individual successes is really inspiring and everyone at the Trust is very proud of them.”
Each young person received a book either from Doncaster Council’s Virtual School, or from the Re-Read organisation, as well as a personalised certificate.