Liverpool council staff bring Christmas cheer to youngsters leaving care
There is a lot a cynicism about councils at the moment, especially with some of the cuts coming down the line.
But it is worth remembering that local authorities can be forces for good.
A good example of this is the generosity of council staff and councillors at Liverpool council announced today.
One hundred teenage care leavers in the city will be spending their first Christmas in their own home, and donations have been collected to make sure they all get an extra gift.
The Children in Care Council, a group representing young people in care in Liverpool, has arranged for the gifts to be handed out.
Cllr Jane Corbett, cabinet member for children's services, said: "I am sure we can all remember how hard it was when we first set up home, and this is a really lovely idea to help make Christmas special for our care leavers, on their way to leading a successful and fulfilling life.
"This is a great idea that came from our brilliant young people that make up the Children in Care Council, and exemplifies the positive work that they are doing representing our children and young people."
Rachel Pattison from the Children in Care Council said: "This will make a real difference to Christmas for many young people and who have been in care. We would like to thank everyone who has made such a kind and generous donation."
The city council said scores of gifts have been donated including gift vouchers, fragrance sets, chocolates and other gifts.
I think it's a lovely idea and the council should be congratulated for its Christmas spirit.