More than 170 reasons for Rotherham’s looked after children to shine

Published Tuesday, 17th October 2017
Young pride of rotherham award winners
Young Pride of Rotherham Award winners

More than 170 of Rotherham’s looked after children and young people have picked up awards for their achievements at a glittering red-carpet event at New York Stadium.

All of the recipients are children in foster care or young adults who have recently left care to live independently. They were nominated by foster parents and social workers for achievements in sport, community involvement, education and arts and drama. A fifth category saw 18 young adults recognised for their achievements since leaving care.

Award winner, Kiran Meharban, aged 19, who has been in foster care for the past three years, was recognised for her community involvement and as a member of the Looked After Children Council that works to ensure that children in care have a voice.

“I think the Pride of Rotherham event is important because it is something not only for the children and young people to be proud of, but for the whole of Rotherham to be proud.”

This is only the second year the awards have been held and the number of nominations has almost doubled since last year.

Cllr Gordon Watson, Deputy Leader of Rotherham Council and, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, said: “It is a pleasure to see so many of our looked after children achieving their best and striving for excellence in their chosen field. We also want to thank our community of foster carers for their support and care and for helping us to shine a light on these very remarkable children and young people.”

Foster carers and their birth children, social workers and councillors celebrated with the award winners at the ceremony on Thursday night.

Ian Thomas, Strategic Director for Children and Young People’s Services said: “The Pride of Rotherham Awards shine a light on the very real achievements being made by our looked after children and young people who are already facing many challenges in their lives. When they go above and beyond their own expectations they deserve to be celebrated.”

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