Current and former Salford students celebrated at Manchester Care Leaver Awards

12 December 2017

Care Leavers from across Manchester were celebrated at the 5th Annual Greater Manchester Care Leaver Awards. Amongst them were both current and former students from colleges across Salford.

The awards, which recognise the amazing achievements of young people who have experience of the care system in Greater Manchester, as well as their supporting parents, carers, families and social workers, are organised and sponsored by The Greater Manchester Looked after Children Forum and Greater Manchester Higher.

A care leaver is a young person who has been looked after by their local authority, in Foster or Residential care for 13-weeks or more since the age of 14. They can be ‘amongst the most vulnerable young people in society’ according to Barnardos. The awards celebrate the incredible work some of these young people go on to do.

Luke Clark, currently studying creative music production at FutureSkills @MediaCityUK was one of those individuals celebrated on the night, walking away with the community and volunteering accolade.  He said: “The Care Leaver Awards are so very important as they recognise those who put the hard graft in, day in day out, and those who work their socks off.”

Luke volunteers as a youth leader at The Lowry and is on the Fight for Change Council – an organisation working towards making positive changes to the care system.

He continued: “It was a pleasure and a privilege to have won the Community and Volunteering Award for the work I do. I think I won because I work really hard in various roles, helping out younger people, facilitating different sessions for them.”

Representing Eccles Sixth Form College on the night was Isabel Sita Mandengo and Sophy Ireland.

Isabel, who is studying Entry to Nursing Cadets, secured the Further Education Award on the night, with former Salford City Academy pupil, Sophy, taking home the Highly Commended in Further Education Award.

Other winners who have previously studied in Salford included Karwan Rostami, who won the Higher Education Award, and former Pendleton Sixth Form College student, Kiana Hughes. Kiana walked away with the Highly Commended Higher Education Award.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

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