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Leeds’s shining young STARS sparkle

Helpers Yasmin Harris, 20, who won a Personal Development Award; Katie Moate, 18, and Joseph Lewis, 19.

Helpers Yasmin Harris, 20, who won a Personal Development Award; Katie Moate, 18, and Joseph Lewis, 19.

Children in care from across Leeds were given the chance to shine with their very own awards ceremony.

The STARS awards for Looked After Children helps to celebrate and recognise the many achievements of children and young people in care across the city.

Two special celebrations were held by Leeds City Council to give them the chance to walk down their very own red carpet.

And the celebrations were also organisers by youngsters who are either in care or recent care leavers.

Among the winners was 10-year-old Alyssa who scooped a prize in the award’s education category.

The youngster had a very difficult start in life and despite starting school with no speech or language she is expected to achieve well in her Year Six SATS examinations.

Creative Joshua, 12, was also nominated for an award for his keen interest in gardening and he has grown many plants, flowers and vegetables where he lives.

The judges were especially impressed with his inspirational ideas.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children’s services, said: “We owe it to the children and young people we look after to give them the recognition for their successes and achievements that they deserve.

“As part of our pledge to be a child friendly city we want to give young people a voice, and this is a great example of how it works in practice.

“The young people who helped to organise these events did a wonderful job and should be very proud.

“The STARS Awards are a great opportunity for the young people to celebrate each other’s achievements as well as giving them a great excuse to have fun and party.”

This is the second year the STARS awards have been held.

The judging panel received over 175 nominations from a wide variety of people who work with or look after children including carers, social workers, teachers, nurses and personal advisors.

 

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