Epic! Awards help children to shine
THE achievements of more than 120 children and young people in Bristol who are in, or have recently left care, have been celebrated at an event held at We The Curious.
The second Exceptional People in Care (EPIC) awards, sponsored by a range of organisations from across the city, saw children and young people presented with awards for their exceptional achievements.
Prizes were given for success in areas including education, sport, music, art, dance & drama, community contribution, personal development, caring for others and leading change. Three inspirational young award recipients were also handed the Mayor’s Award for significant achievements over the past year.
This year’s awards were combined with the Strong, Talented, Awesome Rollercoaster Survivors (STARS) of Bristol Awards for care leavers.
Awards were presented by representatives of the sponsors who were joined by Mayor Marvin Rees, Councillor Helen Godwin , Cabinet Member for Women, Children and Families, and Lord Mayor Councillor Cleo Lake.
The evening was hosted by Jamala Osman, herself a care leaver, who told her story of how she became an apprentice and overcame the odds to become one of the UK’s youngest bank managers at just 21.
Councillor Helen Godwin, Cabinet Member for Children and Families said: “Our children in care and care leavers are remarkable people and I am delighted to have this opportunity to celebrate their achievements. ”
There are around 700 children in care and about 400 care leavers aged 18-25 in Bristol. The Children in Care Council, an advisory group made up of children in care, has played a central role in the planning of the awards including choosing the names EPIC and STARS.