Annual Participation Programme 21/22

Participation for Mental Health is now open!

Our second theme is now open, and there are lots of ways to share your views and influence change! You can join one of our three focus groups, which you can sign up to here! Our groups will be held on:

  • Monday 12th July (7:30PM – 9PM)
  • Thursday 22nd July (4:30 – 6:30PM)
  • Friday 5th August (1:30 – 3:30PM)

You can also complete our survey between now and August 29th, which should take you around 15 minutes to complete! Need any help completing this? You can always contact your Who Cares? Scotland worker to discuss any of the questions.

Do you attend a local group? You can ask them to discuss mental health!

Here’s everything you need to know about our mental health theme…

What is the Annual Participation Calendar?

The Annual Participation Calendar contains all the opportunities across the year which you can choose to take part in to influence change. These opportunities are based on themes which are important to Care Experienced people and which policymakers need more real-life information about in order to make positive changes. It is up to you how much or how little you want to get involved!

Check out our guide for Members here!

How do I get involved?

The Annual Participation Programme invites all of our Care Experienced members to get involved. Not a member yet? You can sign up here!

You can take part in these themes by:

  • Survey – We will send out links to an online survey at the beginning of each theme.
  • Local Group Session – You can ask your group if they want to discuss one of the themes in your weekly or monthly groups.
  • Focus group – We’ll send dates and times of focus groups so you can discuss the themes with other Care Experienced people.
  • Other work – You might have a letter, poem or a song about one of the themes you would like to have included in our work on a specific theme Please send anything you feel is relevant to by the end of the theme’s engagement window (see the calendar above).

Each theme will have a specific time where we will be running participation activities. Please keep an eye out on social media and in your email from Who Cares? Scotland for links to surveys and dates of focus groups.

You can learn more about the Annual Participation Programme from your NRB Representative Marissa Roxburgh

How’s this information used?

At the end of each theme the Policy team at WC?S, alongside your National Representative Body, will spend a couple of weeks analysing and writing up reports/ briefings/ position papers/ videos to be sent to the various people in Government, Corporate Parents and The Promise. We will then send you summaries of what you told us, the findings and recommendations via emails and notices on social media. Please keep an eye out for these updates!

You can see the results of our 20/21 Annual Participation Programme here

Further Support

If you have any questions, please get in touch: or call Beth on 07980956139 or get in touch with your WC?S worker.

With thanks to Scottish Local Authorities, funding partners and donors who make our work possible.