A diverse range of businesses from York gathered last night for the annual York Cares Golden Moments Awards.
The event champions the contribution of volunteers from organisations around the city who have helped make a positive difference in the community through a range of collaborative projects.
Claire Eastwood from the firm’s Child Law team attended the celebrations, receiving an award in recognition of the work both she and colleague Sheelagh Coles have done to help develop both the career prospects and confidence of young people in Care through the Bright Futures project.
The initiative put volunteers from the firm in touch with young people in Care, helping show them potential career routes in an area of law which resonates with their personal experiences.
Earlier in the year, through Bright Futures, Sheelagh and Claire were able to attend an Insight Evening where young people in care discussed their experiences, speaking about how difficult it is to get their opinions, wishes and feelings across to professionals and highlighting the vital role of young person’s advocacy.
Speaking about the Bright Futures project, Claire commented, “Meeting the young people involved in the project and hearing their views was so insightful. It really highlighted how important it is that the children have their own voice and avenues that they can use to get their wishes and feelings across to the professionals making the decisions and informing the decisions that are made about them.”
Sheelagh and Claire were delighted to be able to help further, giving a young person they had met as part of Bright Future access to work experience in the firm when she turned 18. The young lady spent two days in the Child Law department where she shadowed Sheelagh and spoke to members of the department about their journey into Law and their job roles
Reflecting on their Golden Moment award, Claire said, ‘The awards were a fantastic opportunity to speak to other volunteers from York and it was very humbling to be in a room full of people who had contributed their time and efforts to York as a City.”