Hundreds of young people in care in Wolverhampton showcased their talents at an annual awards celebration.

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The I Awards, held at the Regency Banqueting Suite celebrated the efforts of Wolverhampton's looked after children, and recognised their hard work and achievements in a range of categories over the last 12 months.

Linda Sanders, Wolverhampton City Council's Strategic Director for People, said: "I am extremely proud of the achievements of looked after children in Wolverhampton, and the I Awards are a great way for us to encourage them to aim high and reward them for their hard work.

"It's also a fantastic opportunity for the young people themselves to celebrate their successes with their family carers and support workers."

More than 300 children and young people were invited to collect awards in recognition of a wide range of achievements, from doing well at school to getting involved in their local community. The I Awards also celebrated success in creativity and art and recognised the achievements of young people who have left care and are taking the next steps in their lives.

The evening also featured music and dance performances by talented local children and young people.

The Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Mike Heap, who opened the ceremony, said: "I enjoyed hearing some fantastic stories of achievement of our young people and the invaluable support of their carers which has enabled them to achieve in many different ways. I am delighted that this year's event has rewarded so many of our inspirational young people.

"It has been said that there are only 2 things we can give our children. One is roots, and the other is wings. The I Awards is a celebration of what our looked after children can achieve when they are given those 2 things - we're seeing them grow and we're seeing them fly."

  • released: Thursday 2 April, 2015