Care Leaver Awards

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 14:12:00 BST

For the past eight years the Greater Manchester Higher Network has held the Care Leaver Awards which brings together young care leavers from across GM, celebrating their achievements with a lively awards ceremony.

Like many others this year, due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, we are adapting to new and creative ways to deliver our event. Whilst an online celebration will never match the joy and excitement of us all meeting together in one building, we are determined that Covid- 19 will not stop us from giving care leavers the recognition and celebration that they deserve.

Therefore, we are excited to announce our plans for a social media based Greater Manchester Care Leavers Week #GMCLW, taking place from the 2nd- 6th November.

We would welcome submissions from anybody who would like to celebrate a care leaver they know, either personally or professionally.

We are looking for pictures, videos, animation and short pieces of text (max 50 words) to illustrate and highlight the achievements and talents of care leavers over the past year - this could be anything from a young person securing an apprenticeship, to succeeding in sports to making positive changes to their life - the more creative and engaging the better! We are looking for submissions from professionals and young people.

Please email your submissions to Please include your name and/or place of work, and include the first name and Local Authority of the young person(s).

For further information please and for details of how submissions will be shared and the privacy and confidentiality statement please contact

Please help us celebrate the achievements of our young people by following and sharing #GMCLW content throughout the week.