Exceptional West Sussex carers are an inspiration

NEARLY 300 people from across West Sussex attended an EPIC (Exceptional People in Care) 2012 award ceremony.

There were 90 award winners at the event, from first/primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, further education colleges, work place learning providers and universities.

Cllr Peter Evans, county cabinet member for children and families, said: “This was the first year for the awards in a new format. Thanks to recommendations from the West Sussex Children in Care Council, the awards have been revitalised and are a chance to celebrate the achievements of our looked after children and care leavers.

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“The stars of the day were the children and young people. We had truly inspirational care leavers speaking at the awards, a performance by a talented singer and of course, all the award winners.

“Congratulations to everyone who won an award at this memorable event.”

Candidates were nominated by teachers, tutors, social workers and health professionals in recognition of achievements in four categories – volunteering, education and learning, sports and cultural activities, and overcoming adversity.

Each winner was presented with a medal and certificate.

The awards were organised by the county council’s Virtual School for Looked After Children. The service coordinates strategic and operational educational services for looked after children.

It supports and challenges people involved in the education of a looked after child, to help raise achievement levels. Virtual schools have been a success across the country, with more than 135 local authorities adopting the approach.