Care Experienced Week 2018

Care Experienced Week 2018 (22nd to 28th 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, hosted a range of events, including two new headline events in The Love Rally and the Global Care Family Gathering.  The whole week was a huge success and led by Care Experienced people across Scotland.

Friday 26 October – Lifetime of Love Rally

Hundreds of people turned out at noon on Friday 26th October at St Enoch Square to walk in the world’s first Love Rally for Care Experienced people.  Check out the coverage from the rally here .

Saturday 27 October – Global Care Family Gathering

We successfully deliver The Gathering, which was the first of its kind to be curated and delivered entirely by Care Experienced people.  A series of inspirational speakers from across the globe shared their insights on their experiences of care, and Care Experienced people from across the world were supported to connect over their shared identities.

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


Click here to learn more about the incredible speakers confirmed for the day.

Watch the day

We broadcast the event live on You Tube.  Click here to watch the full event. Share what you think about the event on twitter by using #CareGlobalGathering – as the conversation will continue long after the day itself.

Click here to see what people thought about the event.


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