Care Experienced Week 2018

Who Cares? Scotland is delighted to announce the first ever Care Experienced Week from Monday 22 to Sunday 28 October.

If you are already familiar with National Care Leavers’ Week, which also takes place at the end of October, you may be wondering why we have chosen to mark the occasion by a different name. The reason is simple. We know that our members don’t leave their Care Experience behind them, just because they leave formal care. Rather, their Care Experience represents a fundamental part of who they are – and we want to celebrate that.

This Care Experienced Week, we will therefore host a range of events – each one designed to explore, reflect on and celebrate all thing Care Experienced.

Planning to host your own event?

We’d love to hear about it! Add its details to our online form by Friday 19 October and we’ll include it as part of our Care Experienced Week 2018 Events Calendar.

Key dates for your diary

Friday 26 October – Lifetime of Love Rally!

Join us as we march through Glasgow to demonstrate our commitment to a lifetime of equality, respect and love for all Care Experienced people. We will follow a route through the centre of the city and gather at an iconic location where there will be inspirational words, songs and speeches. All Care Experienced people and allies of the movement are welcome – please join us and show your love for Care Experienced people.

We are currently working with the relevant authorities to confirm our route and details will be announced closer to the time. For now, please register your interest to attend for the rally here.

Saturday 27 October – Global Care Family Gathering

The Greenwood Conference Centre, Greenwood Gate, Dreghorn, Irvine, KA11 4GZ 10am-4pm

The first of its kind, this conference will be curated and delivered entirely by Care Experienced people and will set out a global ambition for change beyond borders. A series of inspirational speakers from across the globe will share insights on their experiences of care, and Care Experienced people from across the world will be supported to connect over their shared identities.
Breakfast rolls, refreshments and lunch will be provided.

This Gathering has been made possible thanks to the generous support given from North Ayrshire Council’s CEO, Elma Murray. 

Registration for the Gathering

  • The event is free of charge to Care Experienced people but as we are expecting this event to be fully subscribed any Care Experienced person who would like to attend needs to fill in this form by Sunday 30 September. We aim to let you know if you’ve been successful in getting a place by mid-October.
  • There are a limited number of tickets available for purchase by non-Care Experienced people who want to show their support for the Movement and join this historic occasion.  These tickets can be ordered through Eventbrite. Buy before Sunday 30 September to get our Early Bird rate of £65.

Who Cares? Scotland AGM
12.00 to 13.00 – The Greenwood Conference Centre, Irvine, 12.00 – 1pm

A chance for our members to choose our board members and vote on decisions that impact on the governance of Who Cares? Scotland.
This event will be a lunchtime session at the Global Care Family Gathering. If you’re not attending the whole Family Gathering but would like to attend the AGM, please email This event is only open to Who Cares? Scotland members.

Sunday 28 October – Time to Shine Festival
12.00 to 16.00 – SWG3, 100 Eastvale Pl, Glasgow, G3 8QG

Time to Shine is our annual party for Care Experienced people and their supporters and this year will be bigger and better than ever!

Our members have decided to prolong the summer so we’ll be throwing you a final music festival. There will be live bands, a DJ, music workshops, festival make up, arts and crafts, inflatables, tasty treats and so much more. Come along and celebrate with the Care Family.

Fancy dress is encouraged – will you dress as your favourite pop star, or will you be rocking your best festival going attire with wellies and glitter?

Registration for Time to Shine

Registration for this free event is essential and is now open at Eventbrite until Sunday 14 October.
All holders of Under 18s Care Experienced Tickets must also fill in and return our TIme to Shine 2018 Consent Form  to by Friday 19 October.

With thanks to Scottish Local Authorities and funding partners, who make our work possible
Who Cares? Scotland Funding Partners