Who Cares? Scotland is a membership organisation that believes in a lifetime of equality, respect and love for care experienced people. We also provide independent advocacy to children and young people in care up to 25-years-old. But no matter your age or how long you have been or were in care, anyone with care experience can be a member of Who Cares? Scotland. We currently have over 2,800 members of all ages and experiences, from all over Scotland.
What does Care Experienced mean?
The term “Care Experienced” refers to anyone who has been or is currently in care. This care may have been provided in many different settings, such as:
Kinship Care – living with a relative who is not your mum or dad
Looked After At Home – with the help of social work
Residential Care – living in a residential unit or school
Foster Care – living with foster carers
Secure Care – living in a secure unit
Adoption – living with adoptive parents
What does being a member of Who Cares? Scotland mean?
- A welcome pack
- Birthday cards
- Christmas parcels
- Monthly digital NewsFlash
- The SpeakOut magazine
We’ll also let you know about any unique opportunities on offer, such as free tickets to events or employment opportunities. These opportunities may come from us or partner organisations.
The chance to connect with people who have similar or shared experiences helps everyone to feel understood, respected and like they belong. We support and resource safe and valued local, regional and national spaces, bringing members together to explore their identities and build peer relationships.
We support and empower members to develop as representatives who can speak on behalf of the membership community. Our members help shape and inform Who Cares? Scotland’s decision-making processes as well as having the aspiration to positively change Scottish culture to ensure a better future for all Care Experienced people.