In 2014 Who Cares? Scotland became a membership organisation for the Care Experienced community. Over that time, the ways in which we engage with our members has grown and diversified. A key area of work has been the opportunity to engage members at a national level, beyond the array of local activity which happens across the country.
Our journey to explore representation started with the Care Council which brought young people together from across the country for regular residential experiences. This work became the prototype from which we have been able to build and learn. In 2018 we moved from the Care Council to The Collective, which created the space for a broader range of our members (specifically adults) to engage in our representative spaces. Over the course of 2020 the Community Development team worked with the Collective to shape our thinking about what the next chapter of representation might look like for our membership community. The Collective was brought to a conclusion in December 2020 and the recruitment process for a new body was initiated.
On the 27th February 2021 Who Cares? Scotland held the second annual Members’ Assembly – here we introduced the fourteen members of our newly formed National Representative Body (NRB).
The NRB will be key in supporting the Annual Participation Programme, and our ambition to engage members more broadly with it. The NRB also create an important vehicle for the views and opinions of members to be heard and understood by the organisation.
Our new Representatives will be in post for a two-year term. They will operate within a formal volunteer structure and be supported primarily by the Community Development Team. Further details regarding the Representatives will follow in due course, and regular updates will be provided to staff and members about their activity.
If you are a WC?S family member and would like to get in touch with your national representatives you can contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet your Representatives:
Hiya, I’m Amie. Living and working with families in Edinburgh, I’m passionate about lots of issues and try to be the difference in little ways daily. I’m delighted to be on the NRB, this is an especially exciting time for our community and Scotland, as the realisation of the Promise lays its foundations.
I will do everything I can to be the best Representative for you, the members, and I believe we will be a bold bunch ensuring your voices are amplified! For a lifetime of Equality, Respect and Love, hope to see and speak to you soon. Take care, Amie x
My name is Jasmin-kasaya, I am originally from Kenya and grew up in the Highlands, I currently live in Glasgow. I enjoy spending time with my family, going outdoors for walks and also enjoy cooking.
As a Representative I hope to achieve better outcomes for Care Experienced young people, with a push for changes in policy as this will result in systematic change for generations of Care Experienced people.
Hello Beautiful People! My Name is Katrina and I am 30 years young. I am a mother to two boys. I love to read, and a couple of my favourite books are: “Crime and Punishment” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns.” I also love cycling, kayaking – in my own wee inflatable one – and camping. I have also recently discovered a love of hill walking. I have recently completed my Bachelors(hons) degree in Community Development at the University of Glasgow in 2020. My background is in Youth work.
I am honoured and excited to be a National Representative for Who Cares? Scotland.
Hello! I’m Kira, I’m 18 years old and I’m from East Renfrewshire. I’m in my final year at school, heading towards University. I spend a lot of my time volunteering or participating in sport. I am a member of Sport Scotland Young People’s Sport Panel (YPSP), a member of ER Champions Board and ER Youth Voice. If I have a bit of spare time I like to watch movies or rewatch my favourite shows.
As one of the NRB I hope to work towards engaging with members to overcome different challenges and barriers that may be present. I appreciate the opportunity to be part of the NRB and thank you for electing me.
My Name is Liam and I’m 21 years old from Falkirk. I joined the NRB because I am passionate about representation and peoples voice being heard because I feel people with care experience are not always taken seriously when talking about issues that affect them.
The Care Experienced movement has been oppressed for over 100 years and this is our time to call for our rights that we are so rightly owed. Like many people before us who were part of other movements (like civil rights and the LGBT+ movement). This is our time to help shape the transformation of a broken system and make change for everyone who is in and has been through the system.
Hello, I’m Louise and I’m 23 residing within South Ayrshire. I have children of my own and I am very involved and dedicated to the early development of children and what we can do to ensure that all children have the same start in life. I like to think of myself as a strong, positive and creative individual and I cannot wait to link up with other members and hear more about what it means to you to be Care Experienced.
I am honoured to have been selected to be one of your National representatives and I know, that alongside the wonderful team of us who make up the NRB, we are going to bring about the inclusion, accurate representation, equality and love that we have so desperately fought for over many years.
Hi, I’m Lynda. I was in kinship care and grew up in Renfrewshire. I’m a member, volunteer and now proud to be part of the NRB.
Who Cares? Scotland helped me to realise where I come from, understand what it means to be Care Experienced, but most importantly they helped me know where I’m going. They gave me the strength to find my voice and use it in the best way. Now I try to return the favour, by striving to make real long-lasting positive change in the care system, putting Equality, Respect and LOVE at the heart.
Hi Everyone! My name is Marissa, I’m 20 years old and I live in East Renfrewshire. I am currently studying Community Development at University of Glasgow. I enjoy volunteering. I am a member of ER Youth Voice and ER Champions Board and I am the MSYP for Renfrewshire South. In my spare time I enjoy reading and photography.
As your Representative, I hope to help make a positive difference. I hope to work with members in order to learn their views on issues and make sure that your voices are heard. Thank you for electing me to be one of your Representatives on the NRB.
Hi everyone I’m Nicole and I live in Aberdeen. I’m 26 and I’m just over the moon to be a part of the NRB. I’ve known about Who Cares? Scotland since I was about 12 years old when I was in care myself, so its great to be able to give back.
I adore animals (horses are my favourite!) and I love being out on walks and nature trails. I don’t have any kids but I still enjoy doing arts crafts and just being silly sometimes, so I tend to just round the kids up and do it anyway, I have lots of nieces, nephews and neighbours that are glad of the help. I can’t wait for things to get back to normal so I can meet and greet with you all!
Hello, I’m Shannon and I live in Shetland. I have a bearded dragon called Mr Babs and I enjoy writing.
As a Representative, I hope to help implement the changes brought forward within The Promise and to be an open ear for anyone within our Who Cares? Scotland family. I want to enable the process of putting down the stepping stones so that a Care Experienced person has somewhere to turn to for equality, respect and love at whatever stage they are at in life. Here’s to sharing the love! I’m very excited about what the future holds!
Hello, my name is Thomas and I am 17. I am so excited to get started with the NRB. A wee bit about me – I love animals, I have my own cat called Kee. I love playing 10 pin bowling and have played all around Scotland and the UK. I have only been bowling since October 2017 and I am so proud of where I was at the beginning of 2020. I will be studying health and social care at college and hopefully psychology at university.
I am looking forward to all the challenges to come and thank you for electing me.
I work for the NHS. I am physical activity coach in Ayrshire working with children and families. I want to encourage others to learn about systems, procedures, processes and opportunities which will fuel our movement. Knowledge is power.
My commitment to Care Experienced people is to ensure that as many people as possible feel like they have been listened to and feel empowered as individuals and a community. I’d love for all Care Experienced people to learn to own their care identity, as I believe that gave me strength, knowing I was not alone. I hope that we can create a care system full of and built on ensuring every child that enters the system leaves when they are ready, knowing that they have been loved, having life long relationships and being respected equally as individuals.
Hi I am Xavier. I am super proud to be representing all of you for the next two years as part of our National Representative Body or NRB.
I am still a student studying cookery in Edinburgh and I hope to bring a good young point of view across when discussing pressing issues in the community. I am quite the paintballer and play for a team in the Highlands. I am originally from the Highlands but I hope to bring a plethora of knowledge to deal with issues that affect everyone not just small groups of individuals.