Children in Care Celebration

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Last night I attended Wokingham Borough’s children in care and care leavers celebration event. It was fantastic to meet so many of the young people, their foster parents and the council staff who do such a brilliant job. There was food, entertainment, activities and prize giving. We councillors handed out prizes to the young people and I particularly enjoyed a chat with an independent visitor and a staff member who places them with children. An independent visitor is someone who acts like an aunt or uncle and meets up with a child in care at least once a month, taking them out for a coffee or fun activity and being a non-judgemental listening ear. This sounds like such a brilliant initiative and they need more volunteers! Any age, sex or ethnicity is welcome. The council staff were obviously proud and really happy for all the young people and this was lovely to see. They do a fantastic job and I am so glad I was invited to he event. Helene Raynsford, a gold medallist in rowing at the Beijing paralympics did an incredibly inspirational speech and I hope all the young people had a lot of fun.

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