On Monday the 13th April, a group of young people in care and care leavers attended the councillors meeting at Camden Town Hall. The meeting was of very high status with most of Camden’s councillors attending from various parties, including Labour and Conservatives. The Mayor of Camden who chaired the meeting, invited the young people from the care system to the Mayor’s office to have tea before the meeting started, with a lovely arrange of sandwiches, cakes and fruits, everyone was having a lovely time.
After tea with the mayor the group headed towards the Chamber room, where Councillor Thomas Gardiner gave a short introduction for the 6 young people who gave a speech about their lives and also their experience in the care system. In various ways the group expressed their experiences, which included a poem written and read by a young girl. Two young brothers who are in care together spoke about their time in the Air cadets and school. A care leaver spoke about her time graduating with a Masters degree in International Business, and mentioned how important it is for children in care to have support, and people around you who care. All the councillors and everyone who attended where very impressed with the presentation and the group where awarded with a huge round of applause and a second round in the Mayor’s office to finish off them sandwiches.
Chief executive of Camden Council: Mike Cooke
Labour Councillor: Thomas Gardiner
Conservative Councillor: Claire-Louise Leyland
Labour Councillor: Angela Mason