The Digital Wellbeing project ran from October 2021-2022. It brought together 4 passionate members to explore and develop resources for our members and Corporate Parents on digital wellbeing.
What does Care Experienced mean?
The term "Care Experienced" refers to anyone who is currently in care or has been for any length of time regardless of their age.
This care may have been provided in many different settings, such as:
A lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced people.
This is our vision.
We will do what’s needed to achieve it.
Let our members tell you why the different elements of the vision are important to them:
Our former Chief Executive, Duncan Dunlop discusses a trip he took to New Zealand in 2016 to oversee a review of their National Child Youth and Family Agency.
In 2021 our members voted on a new logo. The logo they chose better reflects our values, history and our lifelong offer of love to all Care Experienced people.
Watch this video to find out what our new logo stands for.
Our strategic plan for 2023 – 2027
Our vision is supported by five key priorities:
What we do
Who Cares? Scotland is a membership organisation with over 3,700 Care Experienced members, of all ages and experiences, from all over Scotland. Our members are at the front and centre of our work and ensuring they feel well represented, valued and connected is of the utmost importance and key to our participation and influencing work.
We strive to provide advocacy that helps young people feel respected, included, listened to and understood. We’re independent to any care services a young person receives – this is crucial because we want young people to be supported and understood with no conflict of interest. We've also set up The Helpline to support Care Experienced people by providing lifelong advocacy throughout Scotland. We can support, signpost and offer choice when you feel there is nowhere else to turn.
We understand the importance of connecting with people who have similar or shared experiences, which is why we support and resource safe and valued local, regional and national spaces, bringing members together to build peer relationships, explore their identities and shape the world around them. We offer a wide range of groups, activities and events for Care Experienced people across Scotland.
Education & Influencing
We support and empower individuals to develop as representatives who can speak on behalf of our membership. We gather members together, invest in them, and support them to elevate their collective voice. Our members help to shape and inform Who Cares? Scotland’s decision-making processes as well as having the aspiration to positively change Scottish culture to ensure a better future for Care Experienced people
Care Experienced news stories from 14th – 21st of November. This week the John Lewis ad is still trending, and the spotlight is on Foster Carers.
By Marie-Claire Jones
Director of Fundraising & Communications, Who Cares? Scotland
Care Experienced news stories from the 7th to the 14th of November. This was the week that the John Lewis advert aired, and it was everywhere!
To mark the end of Care Experienced Week 2022, 300 of our members and their families took off on an out-of-this-world experience at our Time to Shine festival.
Find out what happened at our Members’ Assembly this October.
Sunday 23rd of October 2022 saw the return of the Love Rally, where over 500 people took to the streets of Glasgow to demand a lifetime of love for all Care Experienced people.
Who Cares? Scotland has been announced as a nominated charity of the John Lewis and Waitrose Partnership.
Jasmin Pilling, a Care Experienced member, petitioned the Scottish Parliament to provide truly lifelong support for all Care Experienced people.
We are thrilled to announce that Who Cares? Scotland had been awarded the Investing in Volunteers (IiV) accreditation.
Our Communications Support Officer and WC?s Member, Damien Mack visited the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the first time and wrote a review of theatre show, Cassie and the Lights.
Our Internal Comms Officer and WC?S Member, Damien, shares his thoughts on TV adaptation of My Name is Leon and its portrayal of care.