Oldham Council is holding its annual Stars in Our Eyes event, a celebration evening for looked after children, in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday 5 October 2018.
The evening is aimed at celebrating the achievements of our looked after children across Oldham over the past year. A looked after child is anyone aged between 0 and 18 who is currently, or who has previously spent some time in the care system, mainly either foster care, residential or within a secure unit.
The evening is an opportunity to celebrate the events, progress and achievements of our looked after children and care leavers, a chance for them to get together with their families, friends and peers for a glamorous night of music, fun and awards. There are over 600 looked after children and care leavers across Oldham, which the council support and who are cared for through foster carers, residential homes, supported living or within a secure environment. We are very keen for the evening to be a special part of the children and young people’s lives, something they can reflect on and which will create a positive memory for them in later life.
Our looked after children and care leavers accomplishments can be varied…from gaining qualifications that gives them access to university, overcoming significant health issues, excelling in their hobbies or improving their behaviour in school – they are all relevant and deserving of recognition of the effort the children and young people put in.
This year, we are awarding ‘Stars’ based on the categories detailed below – there is more information about each of these once you begin to complete the nomination form. You can nominate a child or young person for one of the following Star Awards:
- Sports and Leisure
- Arts and Culture
- Make a Difference
Any professional, carer, assistant or family member can nominate a child or young person and all nominations will be shortlisted by a multi-agency panel. There are 3 age ranges being awarded – Primary, Secondary and After Care. The final 3 shortlisted nominations will be invited to attend the celebration evening in October and the winners will be announced on the night.
Nominations close Friday 17 August 2018, so please ensure you submit your completed nomination form before this date to be included in the shortlisting process.
Please make sure you inform the children and young people that you are planning to nominate them for the Stars in Our Eyes Event as their name will be shared with the shortlisting panel. If they do not want to be nominated wish to take part in the event or to be included in this process or the event please make a note of this.
The council primarily use your data for handling your query. All information is processed in accordance with our organisational data protection policy (www.oldham.gov.uk/dataprotection). We never sell your data to third parties or use it for marketing purposes without your consent.
Our core data protection obligations and commitments are set out in our privacy notice at www.oldham.gov.uk/dataprotection . Please share this with the children and young people you are going to nominate to make them aware of how we will use their data in this process.
More information on how to seek advice in order to exercise their rights, raise a concern or complain about the handling of personal information by the council can be found at www.oldham.gov.uk/yourdatarights