Award for support group
A GROUP which speaks for young people in care and those leaving the care system has been recognised with an award.
The British Youth Council award was made to the Experienced Panel in Care - EPIC - which consists of 15 to 25-year-olds in South Gloucestershire who have experience of being in care themselves.
As well as representing the views of young people like them, they also campaign on issues that affect them, such as council tax.
As a result of EPIC’s work, South Gloucestershire Council decided to support care leavers up to the age of 21 by paying their council tax bills for the next year.
EPIC received the Inspiring Project Award, which recognises the efforts made by projects to engage young people and give them a voice.
A certificate was presented to the group by Jon Hunt, the council’s Cabinet member for children and young people, at a Youth On Board awards event.
He said: “We understand that it can be difficult for young people leaving care and are very pleased to be able to offer this support, which should help relieve some financial pressure as care leavers move into independence.”