Young people who have left the care of the City of Wolverhampton Council came together for a festive celebration last week.

Over 50 care leavers enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner at the event at the University of Wolverhampton on Friday (28 December). It was organised by care leavers with the support of the council and was made possible thanks to generous donations from staff and local businesses and organisations.

As well as a slap up meal, they received presents, shared mocktails, played parlour games and enjoyed a festive movie.

Councillor Paul Sweet, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "This was a great event for young people who had a fabulous time, enjoying a delicious Christmas meal and getting to open presents together.

"I would like to thank the young people who organised the event and everyone who donated food, drink and gifts to make it possible.

"This is the second year we have held this event, which is rapidly becoming an annual highlight for our care leavers."

The council helps scores of young people reaching adulthood make the move out of care to independent living every year, and has recently launched its Local Offer for care leavers aged between 16 and 25, which provides information about a wide range of services which could help them prepare for adult life.

The Local Offer was developed in partnership with care leavers and includes details of support which they are entitled to by law, as well as additional services that the council has been able to secure with the help of partner organisations. For more information, visit Type=articles;Articleid=13482;Title=Care Leavers Offer;.

  • released: Monday 31 December, 2018