Liverpool’s social care stars were celebrated at a glittering event at St Geoge’s Hall where they were treated to a performance by award winning Liverpool band MiC Lowry.
The Social Care Star Awards on Friday 20 November were the idea of the Children In Care Council, which acts as the voice of young people in care in Liverpool.
Jay Hynd and Ellie Phillips from Bay TV Liverpool hosted the event, which was organised by Children’s Services and Culture Liverpool.
The 200 attendees were entertained by the RnB group and 18 year old singer and care leaver Molly Fairclough, who was chosen to perform following auditions.
Categories at the awards included ‘Rebel to Role Model’, which recognises a young person who has overcome life challenges to transform their life, and achievement awards for sport, performing arts and education. Also celebrated were foster carers and social care staff for their work with children in care, families and partners.
Mayor Joe Anderson said: “Too often we only read bad stories about children in care, but I know the reality is that there are many success stories and the Star Awards is aimed at celebrating them.
“The event featured some truly inspirational people, demonstrating the brilliant work that goes on every day to support our most vulnerable young people.”
A number of sponsors generously funded the cost of the evening: Little League Sports; Signature Living; Liquid Logic; ICT Revolutions; School Improvement Service; Penny Lane Hotel; Liverpool FC; Everton In the Community, KPMG and MSP Global Ltd.
Local artist Cathy Cross from Make Space Create – who designed the family area at the Liverpool International Music Festival – created a Tree of Aspiration especially for the evening which people were able to use to express their dreams and hopes.
Liverpool has over 150 more looked-after children than it had five years ago, and the number now stands at more than 1,000. The rise is due to a greater level of awareness of the issue of child neglect and abuse following the Baby Peter case in Haringey, and is reflected across the country
The city council has over 300 foster carers currently looking after children, and the city is aiming to recruit more to keep up with the demand for loving homes.