Mollie Walker (second from the right) with Executive Member for Families, Education and Children (left), Cllr Sue Clark and Central Bedfordshire Council Director of Children's Services Sue Harrison (right) Image:Central Bedfordshire Council

Annual event celebrates the achievements of care leavers and children looked after by Central Bedfordshire Council

An aspiring social worker who fled his war-torn homeland and a woman described as a ‘role model’ were named Young Person of the Year at this year’s movie themed Children in Care Awards.

The annual event celebrates the achievements of around 460 care leavers and children looked after by Central Bedfordshire Council.

Mollie Walker and Karmand Bababkr, both 18, were the two winners of the Young Person of the Year award.

Karmand fled his homeland to come alone to the UK, overcoming the language barrier to achieve the best GCSE grades possible.

Now, with a desire to make a difference to the lives of other young people in care, he aspires to be a social worker. To achieve this, he became one of the first young people in care to secure an apprenticeship within Central Bedfordshire Council.

Fellow Young Person of the Year, Mollie, was nominated for ‘having such a positive outlook on life,’ and being ‘great role model to other young people’.

She is a Central Bedfordshire Council Quality Assurance Assistant and visits semi-independent care providers to offer feedback on their service for young people.

Through her work with the Council’s Youth Support Team, Mollie also gained the qualifications to become an apprentice on the London Luton Airport Direct Air-Rail Transit (DART) infrastructure project.

Cllr Sue Clark, executive member for Families, Education and Children, said:

“It was such an honour to attend the awards event and meet so many fantastic young people and to see them being recognised and rewarded for their achievements. Congratulations to everyone.

“All our young people deserve the best possible start in life. For those in Central Bedfordshire Council’s care, it is our aim to help them lead happy and healthy lives, so that they can develop into independent, confident young adults with a bright future ahead of them.”

Karmand Bababkr with Executive Member for Families, Education and Children (left), Cllr Sue Clark and Central Bedfordshire Council Director of Children's Services Sue Harrison