We celebrated the achievements of children in care and care leavers with a fantastic event – which featured some very special guests
The Achieve Awards saw 185 young people nominated for a whole host of achievements, including helping others in the community, being a good parent and passing GCSEs or A-Levels.
What happened at the event?
They enjoyed an amazing night at Huddersfield Town Hall which featured performances on stage from the care leavers themselves, while friends and family members were also on hand to help them celebrate.
A special message to young people
Cllr Viv Kendrick, Kirklees Cabinet member for Children, and Jacqui Gedman, the council’s chief executive, were among the guests. One of the event organisers even arranged for a friend – none other than the current Doctor Who, Huddersfield-born actor Jodie Whittaker – to send a personal video message to the young people.
The video was exclusively for Kirklees care leavers and Cllr Kendrick said:
“It was so kind of Jodie to give up her time. When the message was played to everyone in the room, it just added to a very special night.
Jodie encouraged the young people to follow their dreams and to remember there’s more than one road they can take to achieve their goals. It was a powerful message from a hugely respected and successful person.
We are incredibly proud of our young people and I was truly inspired to see so many of them enjoying themselves, performing on stage and celebrating with each other. Looked after children and care leavers have often faced some very challenging circumstances, but these young people are an example to us all.
We are absolutely determined that – with the support of the council and other people in their lives – every one of them will fulfil their potential. The Achieve Awards was a wonderful occasion and it was an honour to join the celebrations. Supporting children and young people to have the best start in life is one of the most important things anyone can do.”