Care Family Christmas Appeal

At Who Cares? Scotland we believe that no one one should feel alone this Christmas. Can you help us give Care Experienced young people and children of Scotland Christmas to remember? 

With no family to return to, many Care Experienced young people across Scotland are left to spend their Christmas day alone. Since 2014, Who Cares? Scotland has been making sure that these young people have a family to be part of on the Christmas day. On 25th December, we will be celebrating our 4th Care Family Christmas where Care Experienced young people will feel welcomed, loved and special. Our aim is to put on a Who Cares? Scotland Care Family Christmas dinner in Glasgow that will bring together Care Experienced young people from across Scotland.

We also have an ambition to send a Christmas parcel with a card, Christmas edition of our Speak Out Magazine and a sweet treat to each and every one of our 1687 Care Family members. Our Care Family members are Care Experienced children and young people living all over Scotland. This year, we’ll make sure that they will receive a reminder that they’re not alone.

Donate today ONLINE or by TEXTING WCSX25 £10 (or amount of your choice) to 70070 and support a Care Experienced child or young person this Christmas. Your kind donation will help us:

  • £30 reserves one place for Care Experienced young person at Christmas dinner in Glasgow on 25th December 2017
  • £20 pays for a volunteer’s induction, training and transport
  • £15 pays for a Christmas present for Care Experienced young person
  • £10 provides transport for Care Experienced young person to and from the Christmas dinner in Glasgow
  • £5 pays for a Christmas parcel to be sent to Care Experienced young person in Scotland

Read Sam’s and Laura’s story to learn more about Who Cares? Scotland Care Family Christmas.

Sam’s Story

Sam, 20, was 16 when he first came into care. He is looking forward to spending Christmas with his Care Family for the first time.      

“My mental health drops so low around Christmas time as I feel lonely and isolated. I don’t usually celebrate Christmas. I’ve got family who I don’t see any longer and no one else to spend Christmas with. Normally I spend Christmas alone.

This year I am spending Christmas day with Who Cares? Scotland. I think it’s going to be good. I hope I am gonna laugh a lot. I think I might even meet new friends. It’s nice having something to look forward to. It is nice not having to dread Christmas this year as I won’t feel lonely again.”

Laura’s story: My volunteering at Who Cares? Scotland Care Family Christmas

The Care Family Christmas relies on the commitment and generosity of our incredible volunteers and supporters. It’s them who have made it possible for Care Family Christmas to grow and create the unforgettable Christmas memories for so many Care Experienced young people. Click here to find out what volunteering at Care Family Christmas meant for Laura Gemmel from SQA and why she would do it again.

If you are interested in discussing a formal fundraising partnership with your work place, community group or other,  please contact our Fundraising & Partnership Officer Misa by emailing mmartincova@whocaresscotland.org. Thank you for your support.

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With thanks to Scottish Local Authorities and funding partners, who make our work possible
Who Cares? Scotland Funding Partners