Plymouth’s children and young people in care celebrate a year of achievement


The ninth annual ‘You Can Do It Too Awards’, celebrating the efforts and achievements of Plymouth’s looked after children, young people and care leavers, took place at the weekend.

There are currently 415 children and young people in care in Plymouth and this event is an invaluable opportunity to recognise the bravery and resilience of some of the city’s most vulnerable young people.

There were over 600 nominations from a variety of people including teachers, social workers, family support workers and foster carers and over 130 certificates of achievement were given out.

Councillor Jemima Laing, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “I am very proud to be involved, through my work in the council, in supporting all the children and young people we look after. I would like to give a special congratulations to all those receiving nominations and awards. It was a wonderful ceremony and it was really moving to see the children being able to come together and celebrate their achievements with each other and their carers.”

Over 350 guests attended the celebration ceremonies at the Crowne Plaza Hotel including the Lord Mayor Councillor Richard Ball, Director of Children’s Services Alison Botham and Councillor Jemima Laing Cabinet Member for Children and Young People. There were also some very special appearances from Spiderman, Captain America, Snow White and Cinderella!

Senior Youth Worker Sarah Harris said: “The awards were broken down into two different age ranges 4 to 11 and 11 to 25 years old. The younger age group were asked to come to the ceremony dressed as someone who inspires them so it was really lovely to see their reaction to our special guests.”

Spiderman meets Spiderman

The ‘You Can Do It Too Awards’ were supported by several local businesses including; CaterEd, The Family Law Company, South West Children’s Services and Five Rivers Child Care and GA Solicitors.