Merton hosted its own Oscars style awards ceremony on Friday 19th of March, but this time, the recipients of the awards were Merton’s young people in care. This is the third time that Children’s Services has run the event to recognise the achievements of young people in their care.
Guests were treated to a sumptuous three-course dinner held at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon. The night proved to be one to remember, with everyone enjoying the festivities and taking the opportunity to celebrate their success.
The aim of this special event is to celebrate all the achievements that these young people have made in their lives and how they have faced and overcome challenges throughout the time they have been in care.
Rea Mattocks, Director of Housing and Social Services opened the event followed by a few words from the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Maxi Martin who formally welcomed everyone to the ceremony.
Awards were presented in the categories of Education, Sport, Personal Progress and Music/Art/Drama. The nominations were read out by Helen Lincoln, Head of Children’s Services at Merton and MC Romeo from the “So – Solid Crew” was on hand to help the Mayor present the awards for achievements in the past year.
During the meal, a short film called “Line of Vision” was shown made by young people in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery in London with the support of their foster carers, and colleagues from Education and Social Services. The theme of the film dealt with the young peoples’ experiences of being in care, and participants came from a number of London Boroughs including Merton.
Mayor of Merton, Cllr Maxi Martin, said of the evening:
“We are very proud of all the things that the young people we care for have achieved, often in very difficult circumstances. These young people are a credit to themselves and thoroughly deserve their awards and recognition through this Awards Ceremony.”