Returning after a two-year break due to COVID-19, the Love Rally, which first took place in 2018, is a rallying cry that there should be love in the care system for all Care Experienced people. Planned by Who Cares? Scotland, we felt there was a need to publicly call out for this due to many of our members explaining that they didn’t feel loved while growing up in care.
We started the march at Doulton Fountain in Glasgow Green where Samba Ya Bamba got our marchers in the spirit with their upbeat music.
Despite the rain, everyone was having a really good time and the atmosphere electric. Everyone was full of love and laughter!
Our chant leaders led us in our calls for love and by standers cheered us on.
We ended the march in George Square where we heard speeches from a range of Care Experienced campaigners. This was Carmel Jacob, Charlotte Armitage, Thomas Carlton, Jasmin Pilling and Eireann McAuley.
Amongst the crowd, there were even some politicians including Richard Leonard, Alison Thewliss, Paul Sweeney and the Children and Young People’s Minister, Clare Haughey. It was an incredible day, and it was fantastic to see how many people came to help us demand a lifetime of love!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for this year’s Love Rally, and we can’t wait to see you at the next one.