Once Upon A Time… the achievements of children in care were celebrated

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photo of Wigan Council staff with winners
Wigan Council CIC Awards at the Edge

The achievements of local children in care and foster carers have been recognised at a special Disney themed event.

The annual awards event, organised by Wigan Council and this year called Once Upon A Time, celebrated young people’s achievements in ten different categories including improving their own health, making the most of their time at school or college, facing challenges and being brave, contributing to their local community and being kind and caring to others.

Councillor Bullen, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People, says,
‘The event is a really enjoyable way to help recognise and build the confidence of children and young people in care. Each of the Disney themed awards represents one of the elements in our Deal for Children and Young People; all the things we encourage children and young people to do to help themselves and others in their community. Hundreds of young people were nominated and I am so impressed with their resilience and the things they have achieved despite sometimes difficult circumstances. It’s also really important to recognise our foster carers for the amazing job they do, they are such an asset to our community.

The event also marked the achievements of foster carers with the 101 Dalmations Award.

Winners were Amanda and Stuart McPike from Atherton.

Stuart says,
‘Today has been really overwhelming, a great day. There were a lot of people nominated in our category and so many of them could have won. We love being foster carers, it’s like a job we do as a whole family but it’s very rewarding. We foster a young man with complex needs so it can sometimes be difficult but when he smiles at us it feels great and it’s worth all the hard work.’

Chris Dyson, from Inspire Children’s Services, says,
‘We sponsored an award because sometimes young people who live in care don’t get the credit they deserve as people sometimes make wrong assumptions about them. So it’s important to have events like this to showcase all the achievements of our young people and recognise all the positive things they do.’

Anyone who is interested in becoming a foster carer can find information at www.wigan.gov.uk/fostering