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Kids in care thread a patchwork memento of their lives

Care:  Coun Tony Winder, chair of corporate parenting board; Susie Charles, cabinet member for children and schools, and Coun Albert Atkinson, deputy leader for county council with the quilt made by children in care and on display in the Fishergate Centre

Care: Coun Tony Winder, chair of corporate parenting board; Susie Charles, cabinet member for children and schools, and Coun Albert Atkinson, deputy leader for county council with the quilt made by children in care and on display in the Fishergate Centre

Youngsters in care have been sewing their way into the history books by stitching together a special legacy.

They have stitched together hundreds of pieces of fabric to make a quilt which will be used as a keepsake to give them something to look back on as part of their heritage.

County council workers helped young people to express their ideas and feelings by making their own squares for the quilt, and the end result includes key themes of gratitude, strength, protection and comfort.

And,the finished product is on show in the city’s Fishergate Shopping Centre until March 1 so the rest of the city can share the momento.

The 17ft by 14ft quilt was made by young people in care and those who use the county council’s short break, fostering, youth offending and leaving care services, as a way of sharing their experiences and aspirations.

It was first unveiled in September at a major conference which brought together councils from across the north west to share learning and good practice in being a good ‘corporate parent’ to children and young people in their care.

Each square has been created by a young person, either in care, young people who are disabled, or are supported by the youth offending teams.

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County Councillor Tony Winder, chairman of Lancashire’s corporate parenting board said creating the quilt was “a really inspired thing to do”

He added:. “It’s a credit to our staff that they thought of it, and to our young people that they stepped up to take part so enthusiastically.”

Coun Winder said: “It is hugely important that young people feel free and comfortable to have their say on any issues that affect their lives or which they are concerned about. The production of this quilt has been just one way among many in which young people who use our services can express their views.

“I’m very happy that the quilt is being showcased. This will enable more people throughout Lancashire to see all the time and effort the young people have put in to this innovative project.

“We are genuinely committed to understanding how young people feel about the services they receive from us, and acting on the feedback we receive from them.

“ We’ve been doing this for a long time now and it’s an integral part of how we work with children and young people.

County Councillor Susie Charles, cabinet member for children and schools, said all the youngsters involved in the project wanted to change the stereotypes that often surround them.

She added: “. The quilt is a fantastic way of doing this and bears close examination.

 

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