Awards celebrate youngsters’ achievements

The Celebration of Achievement Awards for looked after children took place last week to celebrate the accomplishments of young people in care in Kingston and Richmond.

There were over 600 nominations across both Primary and Secondary school children for achievements in eight different categories: personal development and skill; positive attitude; service to the community; overcoming adversity; sports; arts; attendance; attainment and progress.

The Awards were held at The Guildhall, Kingston and York House, Twickenham and organised by Achieving for Children (AfC) - a not-for-profit community interest company that is jointly-owned by three councils (Kingston, Richmond and Windsor & Maidenhead) to deliver social care and educational services for children across the boroughs.

There were up to five winners in each of the different categories at both ceremonies. Primary school winners received a certificate and book voucher from the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames and secondary school winners received the same from the Mayor of Kingston upon Thames.

Cllr Margaret Thompson, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, said:

“The awards are an opportunity for the council and Achieving for Children, carers and young people to recognise those who have overcome challenging circumstances to achieve something outstanding - whether this is attaining excellent exam results, making a contribution to the community, doing well in sport, or making personal progress improving their own development, self esteem or sense of wellbeing.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported these young people over the years. The teachers, social workers and education teams and the amazing work of our foster carers and residential carers who are there day in day out raising their self-esteem and enabling them to succeed.”

Cllr Nancy Baldwin, Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, said:

“It is incredibly inspiring to see hundreds of young people nominated for their achievements. Our children in care and care leavers are remarkable people and I am thrilled to have been a part of celebrating their successes. 

"Thank you to the people who work tirelessly to provide the support and opportunity for our young people to thrive and fulfil their potential.”