Published Thursday 14 December 2023 at 15:24
Care Leavers Christmas gifts are currently being distributed after generous donations from local businesses and partner agencies.
Blackburn with Darwen Council staff and Councillors also contributed, in particular the Highways department who always excel themselves for the care leaving team.
The gifts totalled £2000, and this generosity has ensured that all care experienced young adults aged 18-25 years will receive a gift for Christmas.
As corporate parents the Council has special responsibilities to care experienced children and young people. The leaving care service also hosted a winter event to celebrate the end of the year which was a great success and was supported by Darwen Influencer Sophie Lee.
Sophie met with some of our care experienced young people sharing her story as well as listening to their inspirational achievements.
The event was also attended by Director of Children’s Services and Education, Joanne Siddle and Cllr Julie Gunn, Executive Member for Children’s, Young People and Education.
Cllr Gunn said:
It was wonderful to attend the Winter event for care leavers and see them enjoying themselves. We are really happy that we can organise such events and are extremely grateful for all the generous donations provided; it makes such a difference to our young people especially during these difficult times.