Falkirk event marks care leavers achievements

An event to celebrate the achievments of care leavers went ahead at Falkirk Town Hall last month
An event to celebrate the achievments of care leavers went ahead at Falkirk Town Hall last month

The achievements of care leavers was celebrated at an event at Falkirk Town Hall last week.

Falkirk Care Leavers Reunion on October 30 reunited young people that were in care and celebrated their success.

The event, which coincides with Care Leavers Week, was organised by Falkirk Council’s Leaving Care team to highlight the needs of young people who are looked after.

Following a change in legislation, young people are not by themselves once they turn 16 or 18, but now receive specialist aftercare to ensure they don’t face a bleak future.

George Mann, children’s service manager with Barnardos said: “This is a tremendous opportunity to mark the success of these young people, and of Falkirk’s looked after children. Many of these young people have faced great adversity in their lives but have done extremely well and achieved success, and we take great pride in what they have accomplished.”

Before, many care leavers faced a life with unemployment and homelessness when they left the care system but the new rules mean they will still have the support and encouragement as young adults.

Adele Stewart from Falkirk is a care leaver and volunteered at the Commonwealth Games this summer.

She said: “The Leaving Care Team have given me emotional and practical support and helped me move into my own tenancy.

“I can’t explain how good it was to volunteer at the Games and I couldn’t have done it with out the staff at Leaving Care.”

Councillor Linda Gow, spokesperson for health and social are with the council said: “It is important for leavers to be well supported and have a chance to celebrate all their have achieved after a challenging start to life.”