Letter sent on behalf of Cllr Edgar: A special occasion for our children in care
As the Hampshire County Council Lead Member for Education, an important part of my role is to attend a number of schools’ events every week. One very special occasion is the County Council Children in Care Awards. This is where we recognise and celebrate the educational achievements of the young people in our schools that are in our care. Given the challenging personal circumstances of these young people, I feel they should be especially congratulated on their awards, at both primary and secondary level.
It is an extremely happy event for the children and their carers and involves their participation in workshops in music, drama, art, football and creative writing. This year we were joined by two guests; the children’s author and illustrator, Liz Million, who ran a much enjoyed workshop on how to start your own story illustrations, and the celebrated children’s author, Joffre White, who gave a fantastic motivational talk about the ‘Power of Words’ and how he came to love reading and telling stories. I am sure the experience that our guests provided will stay with the children for a long time to come.
The event was held at the University of Winchester with whom the County Council works in close partnership. Student Ambassadors from the University participated fully with the organisation, supporting the shared message of high aspiration and achievement for all. It was also encouraging to witness how well the social workers know their children.
This is truly a very special annual event and demonstrated yet again to me, how dedicated our foster carers, social workers, and other Children’s Services staff are to the children in our care. It goes to show the great things young people can achieve when well supported, even if their lives have had a difficult start.
By going the extra mile for children in care, Hampshire County Council is boosting their educational attainment, and therefore their future opportunities in the world of work. I was very pleased to see this in action, and to see the response of the young people themselves, enjoying opportunities to show their creativity and take pride in their achievements at this incredibly enjoyable event for all present.
A huge well done to all involved.
Councillor Peter Edgar