6 Apr 2006

Kate Ford, Coronation Street's meddling Tracy Barlow, took a break from the street to present The Children's Society's AQA Achievements Awards at The 'LACES' celebration event in Preston.

The Looked After Children Employability Scheme, (known as 'LACES') is managed by The Children's Society and funded by Lancashire County Council. The scheme helps young people in care and care leavers by equipping them with skills and experience to enter the workforce and improve their chances of finding and keeping employment.

Actress Kate Ford presented awards to a number of young people who have undertaken training courses in public speaking, story writing and training seminars.

Kate said, "Trying to find a job without any qualifications is difficult enough. LACES help young people overcome these obstacles by giving them a real chance. I'm proud to be here acknowledging the young people's achievements".

Katrina Miller project development worker said: "We are really pleased Kate could be with us to make the presentation and meet the young people. It helped to make the day extra special and one which we hope the young people who have worked so hard, will remember for a long time."

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