The Exceptional People In Care (EPIC) awards have been running for eight years and are organised by young people from the Children in Care Council and professionals who work with them.
Who can be nominated?
Anyone aged 5-25 who is looked after by, or a care leaver of West Sussex County Council can be nominated for an award.
There are four nomination categories:
- Big hearts - For young people who have helped others
- Big talents - For young people who have talents in art, dance, sports or other supreme achievement
- Big thinkers - For those have really tried or succeeded in academic achievement, improved their attendance, have improved their behaviour over time, applied themselves to work, or achieved a place at college or university
- Big strength - For those who have been brave, overcome a challenge or challenging times, or faced their fears.
“This award nomination has made me feel good, that people believe in me, even though I don’t always believe in myself.” (Young person in care nominated for an EPIC award)
Nominations are open now!Nominate someone for an award (closes 28 June 2019) (external link)
There’s also an award for adults in your life. This is your chance to nominate an adult for the Best Supporting Adult award for something they have done that has helped either you or someone else.
Everyone nominated will receive a trophy, certificate, goody bag and an invitation for them and two guests to a special award ceremony in the Autumn to recognise their achievements.
Stars of sport, stage and screen
In 2018 the ceremony was attended by over 600 people, with special guests and messages from the world of sport and showbiz, such as Piers Morgan, Eamonn Holmes, The GMTV breakfast team, This Morning, Matt Lucas and Sid Sloane from Cbeebies. Read more about that fantastic day on our main news page and view the video below featuring some of the celebrities that attended.
Help make this the best day ever
Do you have any connections with celebrities that would be known to young people aged 5-25 years old who could record a short video message or attend on the day?
We found that messages of around 15 seconds work better and are easier to send. Your message should be congratulating and recognising the young people’s achievements on the day.
An example might be:
"Hello everyone at EPIC AWARDS for Extraordinary Young People in Care from me .... I wanted to thank you for being amazing and wish you all good luck at this ceremony. I know you’ve been doing remarkable things. Each and every one of you is incredible and I wish you well in reaching for the stars and achieving your dreams."
The best way to record your message is on a mobile phone and then simply use a file transfer service like wetransfer.com to send it to email@example.com.
Alternatively you could send it via WhatsApp to 07850 251 372.
Are you a company/charity or organisation that would be able to help us by donating money towards making this the best day possible?
Are you a professional/carer or young person in care or care leaver that would like to join our organising committee?