Wigan Athletic Community Trust recently sponsored a fantastic event at the DW Stadium which saw the achievements of more than 300 children in care and foster carers recognised at a special superhero themed occasion.
Organised by Wigan Council’s youth group, Voices for Choices, the annual celebration event aimed to acknowledge the many achievements of the borough’s young people in care and to thank foster carers and other adults who support young people for their hard work and commitment.
Councillor Jenny Bullen, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People, said: "The event has shown how much there is to celebrate for children in care and the adults who support our young people every day. It’s been wonderful for everyone to come together because it’s been such a positive occasion.”
Director of Children’s Services at Wigan Council, James Winterbottom, said: "It’s our role as corporate partners to make sure that we celebrate all of the amazing successes of our young people in care. Events like this show what great community spirit we’ve got here in the Wigan Borough, and I was really proud of everybody who had been nominated for an award.”
Children and young people were given awards in superhero themed categories which reflected the commitments in the Council’s Deal for Children and Young People, such as being helpful and kind to others, making the most of their time at school or college, making good choices and helping to keep where they live clean and tidy.
Kayleigh Martin, 14, won The Guardians of Wigan Award, which recognised young people who have shared their views to help get a positive change in their community, and she said: “I was shaking when I heard I’d won, it was a big surprise. It’s great to have events like this because it makes young people feel like their achievements matter and that people are here for them. I feel proud.”
Lewis Dean, 15, who was runner up in the Thor/Wonder Woman Award for young people who have taken action to improve their own health, added: “It made me feel great that people thought I deserved this award. Events like this make young people feel better about themselves.”
Children and young people in care across the borough voted for the superhero theme, and young people were also involved in decorating the room at the DW Stadium by providing entertainment with songs and musical performances.