An awards ceremony has been held by Voice4U, Bolton’s Children in Care Council to celebrate the achievements of the town’s looked after young people.
The all-singing, all-dancing event took place for the first time this Monday (November 14), and saw more than 80 young people receive awards for a range of achievements.
These varied from setting up allotments or learning a new language, to having photographs in an exhibition or going to university.
Entertainment was provided for the evening by memorable X-Factor duo, Kendro, and stars of BBC drama Waterloo Road, while the young people were also treated to a special video message from Bolton’s boxing world champion, Amir Khan.
In his message, Amir Khan said: “I wish you all the best at your awards night, and remember that to get what you want in your life you have to work hard at it.”
Gulwali Passarlay, 17, a member of Voice4U, said: “Everyone at Voice4U felt very proud to see so many young people receive their well-earned awards. They have all achieved so much through hard work and determination.
“I am very proud to be part of a group who represent the most vulnerable children and young people. I have had some amazing experiences with the Voice4U members.”
Bolton Council’s Children’s Champion, Councillor Madeline Murray, said: “This event was so inspiring, and really showed the range of amazing children and young people that are looked after in Bolton.
“The array of talent was great to see, and every single person who received an award should be very proud of themselves.
“I would also like to thank Kendro and Amir for giving over their time to support the event, and helping to make it such a success. I hope that there will be many more nights like this in years to come.”
Voice4U also used the event, held at Bolton Town Hall, to launch their new website aimed at young people in care.
As well as providing advice and information for looked after children, the site also contains a blog that will be updated by the young people themselves.