Young north-east people who have made their way through the care system have been celebrated for their achievements in a special awards ceremony.
The event took place as part of Aberdeenshire Council’s Year of Young People events programme, giving those who have been, or currently are, in the council’s care the opportunity to be recognised for their achievements.
Many of the young people involved have overcome adversity and gone on to excel academically, in sport or the arts, or in making a difference to others through volunteering or peer support.
Aberdeenshire’s Provost Bill Howatson opened the event.
He said: “Celebrating the achievements of inspirational young people is an absolute pleasure. It is wonderful to learn about how they have gone that step further to achieve their goals.”
Councillor Gillian Owen, chairwoman of Aberdeenshire Council’s education and children’s services committee, added: “We are very proud of our care-experienced young people and also our colleagues, partners and carers who have supported them along the way. This is a fantastic occasion to recognise their success.”
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Six awards were handed out at Wednesday’s ceremony, which took was hosted by Inverurie athlete Hannah Miley.
The award for Inspirational Young Person was won by Lauren Barrie, 17, while 12-year-old Hope Patten Davison picked up a Personal Development Award.
Joseph Ness, 12, received the Personal Development Award as well as the Academic Achievement (Primary) accolade.
Now enjoying a scholarship at Robert Gordon’s College, Joseph won Dunnottar Primary’s award for Most Outstanding Pupil last year and also recently won a Get Writing competition.
Reflecting on the award he won, Joseph said: “I really like school. I get excited after the school holidays and when it’s time for school again.
“My favourite subjects are drama, English and history. I like reading so I like to write my own stories and I think it’s in the genes because my mum was a really good writer.”
The Academic Achievement (Secondary) award was handed to Callum McWilliam, 17, with the Volunteering Award given to Alice Stuart, 26.
The Young Persons Organising & Campaigning (YPOC) Group received the Making a Difference Award and the Cultural and Sports Award was received by 16-year-old Bella Andersone.