Pot of Gold and Over the Rainbow
Children and young people from across our programmes do some incredible work to improve their lives and those of others.
These outstanding individuals and groups are celebrated at our annual Over the Rainbow event, which is developed by a team of young people.
This year we were joined by a celebrity guest - actor Stephen Boxer, who said: 'I was delighted to play a part in the Over The Rainbow event and found it an inspirational and life-affirming day.
'You could really feel the excitement of the young people and even with those who were a little shy, you could see their pride in what they had achieved.
'I think The Children’s Society does a great job in recognising those achievements; these youngsters deserve to be rewarded for the fantastic efforts they’ve made especially when so many of them come from difficult circumstances.'
There are two main strands to the event – the Children and Young People’s Awards and the Pot of Gold scheme.
Children and Young People Awards
These awards are given to individuals and groups of children and young people to acknowledge their exceptional achievements.
Some of the young people who were given awards last year became part of the judging panel selecting recipients of this year’s awards.
Pot of Gold
The Pot of Gold scheme allows young people to participate in the process of decision-making. A group of young people allocate funding to other children and young people to help them forward their ideas for making positive changes and having their voices heard.
Find out more about the history of Pot of Gold and Over the Rainbow.