Care Experienced Week 2020 Events Calendar

We moved from Care Leavers Week to Care Experienced Week in 2018 to reflect what our members tell us: they don’t leave their care experience behind them, just because they leave formal care. Care experience is a fundamental part of who they are – as always, we want to celebrate that and encourage you to celebrate with us.

Connection

This year we’re focusing on connection with the Care Experienced community, as well as celebrating them, as this is particularly needed in the current lockdown climate.  You can share what you plan to do on social media using the hashtags #CEWConnect and #CEW2020.

Host your own event

If you’d like to hold an event to celebrate Care Experienced people, we’d love to hear about it – no matter how big or small it is! Just fill in our online form and we’ll publicise it as part of our events calendar.

Branding Toolkit

Please feel free to use our Branding Toolkit show your support for the Care Experienced community during Care Experienced Week 2020.

Dates So Far…

FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER

Digital Love Rally

Time: 7pm
Where: Twitter
Organiser: WC?S

For: Everyone welcome

The Love Rally, but in digital form, will kick off the week. We’ll be joined by some special speakers from across the world. Join us on Twitter (@whocaresscot) at 7pm for the live stream! Use the hashtags #CEW2020 and #LoveRally to connect with other marchers. If you’re not able to join live, the video will be available throughout the week.

Care Experienced Week with Strath Union

Time: 23rd-30th October
Organiser: Strathclyde Student Union
For: University of Strathclyde students
More info!

To celebrate #CEW2020 Strath Union are shining a light on all things Care Experienced for their students.

SATURDAY 24 OCTOBER

Covid-19 Recovery Planning: Impact on Care Experienced People

Time: 10am -12pm
Where: Zoom
Organiser: WC?S
For: WC?S Members Only

Book now!

We are looking to hear from Care Experienced members about your experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic. We will be hosting a number of online workshops, so that we can hear from people aged 14+ from all parts of Scotland, with any experience of care.

Your views will enable us to report and give evidence to Scottish Government and its committees, as well as report to The Promise.

MONDAY 26 OCTOBER

Be Curious, Be Connected

Time: Throughout the Week
Where: Digital
Organiser: The Hub For Success

More info!

The HUB for SUCCESS (support for Care Experienced students to get in, stay in or return to Education) will be encouraging corporate parents and Care Experienced people to: Be curious, Be connected.

Each day we will be alongside our partners, opening up opportunities for Care Experienced people to connect into educational opportunities and pathways. We will hear from a range of people involved in education including Care Experienced students. We will also launch 2 Frequently Asked Question documents on the Care Experienced Students Bursary and have a theme of promoting return to education.
#nevertoolate #careexperienced #maturestudent #CEW2020

Covid-19 Recovery Planning: Impact on Care Experienced People

Time: 11am -1pm
Where: Zoom
Organiser: WC?S
For: WC?S Members Only

Book now!

We are looking to hear from Care Experienced members about your experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic. We will be hosting a number of online workshops, so that we can hear from people aged 14+ from all parts of Scotland, with any experience of care.

Your views will enable us to report and give evidence to Scottish Government and its committees, as well as report to The Promise.

Care Experienced Young People’s Network on Twitter

Time: Throughout the Week
Where: Twitter

Follow the Care Experienced YPN (a group of 10 Care Experienced young people) on Twitter @CareExp_YPN throughout the week as they share their podcasts and research on how Covid has impacted young people with care experience.

Launch of WC?S Advocacy Support for all Care Experienced Students at Forth Valley College

More info!

Who Cares? Scotland will have a designated page on the Forth Valley College student Moodle site. Zoom drop-ins are also available every day during Care Experinced Week, hosted by WC?S advocacy workers from Clacks, Stirling and Falkirk.

TUESDAY 27 OCTOBER

Employability: Engaging with Care Experienced Young People

Time: 4 -5pm
Where: Digital
Organiser: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
For: 16-27 year olds

Book now!

An hour-long focus group session aimed at tapping into the experiences and barriers to recruitment faced by Care Experienced young people (CEYP 16-27y/o) to help us develop employability skills sessions for the future.

Care About Care?Online Festival 2020

Time: 27th-30th October
Where: Digital
Organiser: Curious Monkey
For: Care Experienced people and care professionals

More info!

Join the Curious Monkey theatre company, alongside a whole host of partners, for 4 days of creative conversations, workshops, performances and events which focus on all aspects of the care system. Check out their full programme here!

Beth’s Supper Club

Time: 5-6.30pm
Where: Digital
Organiser: WC?S
For: W. Dun WC?S Members

Beth and members from West Dunbartonshire will be sitting down (remotely) to an exquisite 2 course banquet prepared with love by Beth herself. A meal and a chat that will tickle the tastebuds and excite the ears!

WEDNESDAY 28 OCTOBER

Mindfulness Meditation – Connect to Nature

Time: 6 -7pm
Where: Digital
Organiser: South Ayrshire Champions Board
For: Champions Board Members

More info on how to join!

A very easy introduction to mindfulness for anyone who feels like a beginner but is also useful for people at any level of experience. There will be a short introduction, a 20 minute meditation and then a chance for the group to share some comments at the end.

THURSDAY 29 OCTOBER

Covid-19 Recovery Planning: Impact on Care Experienced People

Time: 6 -8pm
Where: Zoom
Organiser: WC?S
For: WC?S Members Only

Book now!

We are looking to hear from Care Experienced members about your experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic. We will be hosting a number of online workshops, so that we can hear from people aged 14+ from all parts of Scotland, with any experience of care.

Your views will enable us to report and give evidence to Scottish Government and its committees, as well as report to The Promise.

Heather and Pamela’s Cook-Along

Time: 5-6.30pm
Where: Digital
Organiser: WC?S
For: Argyll and Bute WC?S Members

WC?S APWs, Pamela and Heather, are having a cook along with some of our Argyll and Bute members. Heather is making the first course and Pamela the dessert. Members will have the ingredients delivered to them and they will cook along with Heather and Pamela. There will be some fun interaction throughout the session as well.

FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER

RDX – The Rosie Dee Experience!

Time: 6-7pm
Where: Mixlr.com
Organiser: WC?S

Join our RosieDee on the decks for some bangin’ tunes, a shout out and some good chat! Download or go to Mixlr.com and search for RosieDee to tune in.

SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER

Time to Shine [online]

Time: 12 -4pm
Where: Zoom
Organiser: WC?S/Sound Lab/Musicares
For: WC?S Members Only

Register now!

Time to Shine is our annual festival to celebrate Care Experienced Week. This year it’s an opportunity for Who Cares? Scotland members to come together as a digital community and celebrate their care experince through music, art and connection. We’ve partnered with Soundlab and Musicares to offer a variety of creative activities as part of our programme.

Spooky Stories!

Time: 6 -7pm
Where: Digital
Organiser: South Ayrshire Champions Board
For: Champions Board Members

More info on how to join!

It’s Halloween on the final day of the Care Experienced Week! Let’s come together, get a cup of hot chocolate and hide under the covers while we read or tell each other Spooky Stories!

We will take into consideration the ages of everyone in the call – possibly leaving the spookiest stories to the end for the older and braver of us!

SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER

Renfrewshire Scavenger Hunt

Time: 1-3pm
Where: Various locations in Renfrewshire
Organiser: WC?S Renfrewshire Team
For: Renfrewshire Care Experienced People

Small teams will meet in different locations in Renfrewshire. There will be items to look for and fun challenges to complete. PRIZES to be won! Teams will communicate through Zoom throughout the day.

If you want to join one of the teams we’re setting up or if you would like to enter your own team, you can phone Lynsey [07980 956 140] or Julie [07769 326 101]. We will send you the challenge sheet and zoom details for the day.

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