Hundreds of Plymouth children and young people who are supported by the city’s children’s services enjoyed last night’s MTV Crashes event after receiving free tickets.
Plymouth City Council and Destination Plymouth gave 1,000 complimentary tickets to children in care, their carers, young people leaving care, along with other young people receiving extra support or making particularly good progress at school including young carers so they could enjoy a free night of fun.
Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of the Council, said: “We wanted to give young people who don’t usually get to experience these kinds of events the chance to go along and have some fun on us. It may be a small gesture, but as a huge music fan myself, I appreciate how much it can change your life. I’m incredibly pleased we could do this and hope we’ve given young people a really great memory.”
Over 100 tickets went to children aged 14 and over in care and their foster carers, 500 went to the Youth Service to distribute to vulnerable 16 year olds and over including those leaving care and those receiving extra support. The remaining tickets went to secondary schools to reward young people who had worked hard to achieve or made improvements in behaviour or attendance.
Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “We’re corporate parents to our children in care and that means it’s our responsibility to try to give them the same opportunities in life all parents would want to give their children. It’s our job to look out for them and nurture them, and that means nurturing their dreams and aspirations so they want to do their best to get a good education and also achieve in life. We hope going to the MTV event has given them a little boost during a difficult time in their young lives.”
The Council is always looking for caring people wanting to make a real difference in a child’s life and have a continuous foster care recruitment programme. If you are interesting in finding out more about becoming a foster carer visit www.fosterforplymouth.co.uk