Care Experienced Week 2021

This year the Care Experienced Week 2021 themes are Celebrating Success and Connection.

Established in 2002, National Care Leavers week was an event created to celebrate the Care Experienced community. In 2018, we changed this to Care Experienced Week, acknowledging that Care Experienced people do not leave their experiences behind when they leave formal care. Despite the name change, the main purpose of the event remains the same.

This year, the theme of Celebrating Success is particularly important as it creates an opportunity to understand the barriers faced by Care Experienced people.  Society has its own measures of success, and we all subconsciously compare ourselves to each other. For Care Experienced people that might be each other or their non Care Experienced peers. However, Care Experienced Week is about individual feelings of success. Everyone, if given the right opportunities and support at the right time has the opportunity to feel successful in their own right. This Care Experienced Week is an opportunity to reflect on what success means for each and every Care Experienced person across the world.

Celebrate your successes on social media!

During Care Experienced week, we’re inviting Care Experienced people to share their successes with us through social media. This can and should be anything which makes you feel like a success. Whether it’s being a great parent, overcoming a fear, trying a new hobby or achieving academic awards, everything is worth celebrating, and so are you.

  1. Share something that makes you feel successful on social media
  2. Use the hashtag #CEWins

We’d love to see how everyone is celebrating Care Experienced Week, so no matter who you are or where you are, make sure you also use the hashtag #CEW21 on all your posts.


Due to the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, we are still unable to deliver our usual large scale national events, such as the Time to Shine festival and the Love Rally. However, as it is Care Experienced Week, we’ve organised some smaller events, still intended to have a national impact and with input from members from across the country. Our regional teams have also planned a range of local events and some of our partner organisations have got dates in the diary. If you would like to list an event please email

Care to Connect with Who Cares? Scotland
Monday 25th October

Closed event.

We have invited representatives from all main political parties to a Care to Connect session, which will be led by members from our National Representative Body. Party representatives will participate in 3 or 4 round robin sessions with questions on themes influenced by this year’s Annual Participation Programme, advocacy issues and our Communities that Care model.

Mental Health and Corporate Parenting Training Event
Tuesday 26th October,
10am-12.30pm, Online
Waiting List.

Currently fully subscribed, the Who Cares? Scotland Training & Education team will be delivering this training session during Care Experienced Week, that will look to share some of the insights gained from our Care Experienced members about their mental health and how Corporate Parents can better support them.

Corporate Parents can sign up to the waiting list here.

The Promise Design School
Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th October, 6pm-8pm, Online.

Saturday 30th October
10am-4pm, Who Cares? Scotland Glasgow Office.

The Design School has been set up by the Promise to ensure that any redesign of services or the care system, involves Care Experienced people from the beginning. It has a few training opportunities that aim to upskill Care Experienced people with service design skills. This will be an initial introductory training opportunity, shaped around tutorials and self-directed learning tasks. Those who complete the introductory training sessions will be asked whether they wish to become ‘Design Champions’. The Promise will then support you to get involved with re-design that you are interested in.

Find out more about the design school on its website. If you would like to be involved, email Laura at

Local Events happening in… Glasgow

The Rage Rooms (Over 16s)
Wednesday 13th October

Ten Pin Bowling with the North West Team
Thursday 14th October, Xscape

Ten Pin Bowling with the West Team
Under 16s
Friday 15th October, Xscape

China Buffet King Meal @ Xscape
Tuesday 26th October

Glasgow Care Leavers Event @ St Lukes
Friday 29th October

Halloween Movie Night with the South West Team

On the Right(s) Track

Step Challenge to walk 2,833,757 steps with the South West Team

Monday 25th October – Friday 18th February

Local Events happening in… Ayr

Heads of Ayr Farm Park
Thursday 14th October

Local Events happening in… Highland

Highland Halloween Party
Friday 29th October, Clachnaharry, Inverness

Email for more info.

Fancy dress encouraged but not mandatory! Games, face painters, food, fun! It promises to be SPOOKTACULAR.

Local Events happening in… Western Isles

‘A Care Experienced Life & the UNCRC’ School Workshops with James Docherty
Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th October,

Barra, Uist and online

Kickin Klub’ Halloween Party
Friday 29th October, Stornoway, Lewis

Local Events happening in… Moray

Out of the Darkness Theatre Company
Monday 25th October, Moray

Monday 25th October, Moray

Local Events happening in… Lanarkshire

Tuesday 12th October, Motherwell

Show Case Event hosted by North Lanarkshire Champion’s Board
27th or 28th October

Football and Sports Day Event hosted by South Lanarkshire Council
Friday 29th October, Hamilton Sports

Events happening in… Clackmannanshire

Tubing @ Tillicoultry
Thursday 14th and Friday 15th October

Events happening in… Aberdeen

ACE Supper Club
Thursday 21st October, Westburn

Mini Champs Halloween Party
Wednesday 27th October
, Westburn

Events happening in…Paisley

In-person session to give views for PSE curriculum resource
Tuesday 26th October, WC?S Paisley Office

Events happening in…Orkney

Dinner at Busters Diner
Saturday 30th October, 5pm

Events happening in…Kilmarnock

Killoween (Halloween) Family Festival
Wednesday 27th October, 5-7pm, William McIlvanney Leisure Centre

‘Reaching Your Dreams’ Meal and Discussion
Thursday 28th October, Ayrshire College

Carnival Activities and Meeting the Employability Team
Friday 29th October, SL33, 33 Titchfield Street

If you have any questions about any of the events above or would like to list an event please email

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