Celebrations for children and young people in care in Plymouth

For the past four years, Plymouth City Council and charity Young Devon have hosted the ‘You Can Do It Too’ awards for children and young people in care across the city.

The awards are a special event celebrating all the hard work and achievements of children and young people in care over the last 12 months.

Across Plymouth there are currently 407 children and young people in care and the awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise their achievements

Every award winner was nominated for the efforts that they had put in over the previous year, with nominations coming from a variety of people including teachers, social workers, family support workers and foster carers.mayor-and-kirsty-group-shot

Staged with the support of 13 local businesses, over 450 guests attended the celebration ceremonies at Plymouth School of Creative Arts with more than 300 children and young people receiving awards.

To make the events extra special, a number of VIP guests were invited including The Lord Mayor Councillor Pauline Murphy, former professional footballer, John Gayle, Toby Gorniak from Street Factory and Daryl Corletto from the Plymouth Raiders with Foxy.

Councillor Terri Beer, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “This is one event in the year I always really look forward to because it gives us a chance to recognise the achievements of some of the most vulnerable children and young people in our care.

“Many of those receiving awards will have already been through so much in their young lives so being able to take the time to say well done really does mean a lot.”

Tim Tod, Chief Executive of Young Devon said: “Young Devon is delighted to have been part of the ‘You Can Do It Too’ Awards again this year. They are such a fantastic reflection of how much each of these children and young people in care have achieved.

“We hope that their successes spur each of them on to do more great things this year and our growing team in Plymouth will be there whenever they need them to help them on their way.”

The You Can Do It Too awards are sponsored this year by Radio Plymouth, iMarvel, Plymouth Citybus, Devon Chamber of Commerce, Real Ideas Organisation (RIO), PKF Francis Clark, Wolferstans Solicitors, Five Rivers Child Care Ltd, Devon Life, DPC Print, University of Plymouth, Enhanced Foster Care and GA Solicitors.