The achievements of young care leavers have been recognised at Wigan Borough’s annual Care Leaver Awards run by Wigan Council in partnership with Pathways.
Ten young people won awards and many more were nominated for achievements including contributions to their local communities, commitment to education, parenting skills, showing resilience and overcoming adversity.
The following young people won awards at Wigan’s Care Leaver Awards 2018:
Community contribution: Chloe Dyson, Wigan, for her work in her local community centre, care leavers council and CL Creations Café.
Trish Hurlock progression award: Emma Lisle, Atherton, for always giving her time to help others, taking setbacks in her stride and always seeing the positive in everything.
Overcoming adversity: Clara Heathcote, Leigh, for successfully completing Wigan Council’s Confident Futures programme and securing work and her own property.
Special achievement: Daryll Corbett, Leigh, for achieving success at Wigan and Leigh College, having excellent attendance and time keeping skills and producing some exceptional coursework.
Transitioning to parenthood: Alisha Hilton, Wigan, for being courageous, strong and ambitious and setting clear goals for her and her young family’s future.
Academic achiever: Kim Slater, Wigan, for securing a place at her chosen University and showing incredible devotion to her younger siblings.
Commitment to employment: Jason Cunningham, Abram, for excelling in his daily work and always helping others.
Deal ambassador: Natasha Rainey, Wigan, for securing work, achieving academic qualification, travelling and her involvement in the care leavers council and CL Creations café.
Peer role model: Joe Shaw, Hindley, for working with Wigan Council and other organisations to help improve the services offered to young people in care and care leavers locally, regionally and nationally.
Care Leaver of the Year: Kayleigh Clark, Wigan, for working hard to create a good life for herself, despite facing challenges, being part of the care leavers council and helping to set up CL Creations Café.