About the Empowered Voices Programme
We’ve been at the centre of empowering Care Experienced people to use their voices since 1978. Throughout this time, we have grown, learnt, and understood how to campaign more effectively and what support for that looks like.
Care Experienced people have always spoken up and campaigned for change. Across centuries this has taken many different forms, but one thing holds true, the power of the voices of those with experience of care has driven change.
This programme is a commitment from us to help the care community learn vital campaigning, activism, and public speaking skills. You will make connections with other influential Care Experienced people and have the opportunity to drive change together.
Training will take place over three weekends during the year, with the opportunity for further learning on an ad hoc basis.
We’re bringing back our training programme to empower Care Experienced people to use their voices to bring about change. Previous members of these training programmes have gone on to become co-chairs of the independent care review, members of the Scottish Youth Parliament and hold other influential roles in Scottish civic society.
We’re looking for Care Experienced people aged 16 and over who are interested in using their voices to create change.
The qualities you will have are:
- You are able to bring your own personal views, and explore these for the benefit of the collective voice of the Care Experienced community. As well as being able to distinguish personal views from collective voice and minority views of the Care Experienced community, and relay views in a representative way.
- You are willing to represent the wider membership and care community to help make sure the voices of all of our members are heard, in order to achieve Who Cares? Scotland’s vision of a lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced people.
- You are interested in gaining new skills, developing yourself and meeting new people.
- You are a team player and can work alongside and support your peers.
- You are reliable, enthusiastic, flexible and committed.
You will commit to attending three weekend training sessions a year. These will provisionally be held on:
- 8-10th September 2023 – Fully booked
- 10th-12th November 2023 (repeat of session one) – applications are still open
- 2-4th February 2024
- 24th-26th May 2024
Opportunities beyond the training will be optional and could take up to 4 hours max of your time per week.
You will also be expected to directly support our influencing work by speaking on behalf of the care community to the media and decision-makers.
You can find out more about this opportunity in our application pack.
We’re also hosting three online information sessions for interested members to find out more. These are:
- June 2nd from 3-4pm (this session will cover several member opportunities)
- June 14th from 12:30-1:30pm
- June 21st from 6-7pm
You can sign up for any of the above sessions here.
If you can’t make the information session but have a few questions, please contact the Policy & Public Affairs team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can apply by filling in our online application form here by 31st July 2023. This usually takes about 15 minutes.
If you have any questions or problems with the form, you can ask for help from any member of staff at Who Cares? Scotland or from the Policy & Public Affairs team at email@example.com.
If you need to access this information or any of the application forms in a more accessible format, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.