This year Who Cares? Scotland brought back it’s Harvard Summer School programme back. Meg Tulk, 17, tells us about their time at Harvard and what the experience means for their future.
Our member, Loraine McHendry, has written a powerful piece about growing up in care and being mixed race.
Care Experienced news stories from 29th of November – 5th of December. This week’s highlights include an interview with Care Experienced actress, Samantha Morton and Wales celebrates hosting its first summit to listen to the voices of Care Experienced people.
Our Care Family Christmas dinner is back and set to take place on Christmas day! It’s going to be a special day filled with love. Our guests will be treated…
Today, UCAS released its new report, What is the experience of students from a care background in education?’. Read our comment on it.
Care Experienced news stories from 21st – 28th of November. The news has been quiet this week. The main focus has been on the lack of foster carers in Scotland and the UK in general.
The Digital Wellbeing project ran from October 2021-2022. It brought together 4 passionate members to explore and develop resources for our members and Corporate Parents on digital wellbeing.
Care Experienced news stories from 14th – 21st of November. This week the John Lewis ad is still trending, and the spotlight is on Foster Carers.
By Marie-Claire Jones
Director of Fundraising & Communications, Who Cares? Scotland
Care Experienced news stories from the 7th to the 14th of November. This was the week that the John Lewis advert aired, and it was everywhere!
To mark the end of Care Experienced Week 2022, 300 of our members and their families took off on an out-of-this-world experience at our Time to Shine festival.
Find out what happened at our Members’ Assembly this October.
Sunday 23rd of October 2022 saw the return of the Love Rally, where over 500 people took to the streets of Glasgow to demand a lifetime of love for all Care Experienced people.
Who Cares? Scotland has been announced as a nominated charity of the John Lewis and Waitrose Partnership.
Jasmin Pilling, a Care Experienced member, petitioned the Scottish Parliament to provide truly lifelong support for all Care Experienced people.
We are thrilled to announce that Who Cares? Scotland had been awarded the Investing in Volunteers (IiV) accreditation.
Our Communications Support Officer and WC?s Member, Damien Mack visited the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the first time and wrote a review of theatre show, Cassie and the Lights.
Our Internal Comms Officer and WC?S Member, Damien, shares his thoughts on TV adaptation of My Name is Leon and its portrayal of care.
Our National Representative, Thomas Bartlett, shares his visit to the historic Foundling Museum in London.
As part of Pride 2022 Kasmira Kincaid talks about leaving Care and finding family within the LGBTQ+ community.
Morgan Deveney swam the length of the English Channel in 12 weeks to raise money for Who Cares? Scotland.
Craig Paton started running during lockdown as a way to stay fit and get out the house. With his 30th birthday approaching, he set his sights on completing his first marathon while also raising money for charity.
WC?S announces the return of Care Experienced History Month for 2022, focusing on a lecture series about the Untold Stories of Care.
First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon joins us at the Glasgow Kiltwalk in 2022.
Kenny Murray talks about creating the “Who Are We?” project to shape the future of Tracy Beaker.
Who Cares? Scotland team up with the NHS to create new resources about sexual health.
Disclosure Scotland explain the disclosure process and share their tips for Care Experienced people.
Thomas and Marissa, WC?S members and members of the National Representative Body (NRB), caught up with our Chief Executive, Louise Hunter, in March 2022 to find out what she’d been up to.
17 year old, Keren writes about his experience being diagnosed with ASD and leaving home.
Read about Who Cares? Scotland’s very first digital Members Assembly!
The highlights of our 2022 Annual General Meeting on Monday 28th February.
Who Cares? Scotland member, David Anderson tells us about his Care journey and what success means to him.
To celebrate the return of Tracy Beaker to our screens we caught up with the author, Jacqueline Wilson.
Kenny Murray talks about the representation of Care Experience in the media after a former BBC correspondent talks publicly about returning a child she adopted back to the care system.
Melissa Craib gives her review of The April Dead by Scottish Care Experienced writer, Alan Parks.
Our Care Experienced Comms and Public Affairs officer reviews Netflix’s documentary ‘I Am Belmaya’
Care Experienced board member Alicia Santana reviews the latest entry in Square Enix’s popular video game series
Care Experienced member Charles attended the Conference of Youth 16 as Scotland’s first ever representative!
As Scotland celebrates Care Experienced Week 2021, Lynda Greig, a member of our National Representative body, discusses how she demands the very best from life – and the crucial role that love and support plays.
Care Experienced group hope their new animated video will promote positive changes in how mental health is viewed.
One of our volunteers, Jacqui talks about having fun during our summer 2021 programme with a trip to Edinburgh Zoo.
Who Cares? Scotland comments on The Promise’s “The Change” programme.
Who Cares? Scotland respond to news that the SQA will be replaced with a new organisation.
Who Cares? Scotland respond to current plans surrounding the SQA’s 2021 Appeals Service.
Louise Hunter, CEO of Who Cares? Scotland, responds to The Promise’s launch of Plan 21-24.
We caught up with board member David Middleton to learn a bit more about him!
The power of connection has never been more imperative to our community. Read how Jemma Kerr and Connecting Scotland teamed up to support Care Experienced people.
Learn about Who Cares? Scotland members influenced the incorporation of the UNCRC into Scots Law
We caught up with our 4 new Board Members Carol Kirk, Kevin Timlin, Ruth Wallace and Sarah Blackmore
Charlotte Armitage describes the importance of objects in Care Experienced people’s lives.
Find out what our membership had to say about our very first digital Members’ Assembly.
Who Cares? Scotland Director of Influencing, Claudia Macdonald, has announced that she will be leaving the charity after nine years.
Care Day 2021, like many events over the past year or so took on a new form, running entirely digitally and in a collaborative manner emphasising the importance of connection in these unprecedented times.
Shetland shone a light on Care Experience with their second Festival of Care, titled ‘Being the Light’: an exciting five-day event (19th-24th Feb 2021) that began on Care Day.
What do this comedian, wrestling champion and Member of Parliament all have in common?
We caught up with board member Lee Davidson to find out more about her!
Thanks to your incredible support, here’s what we were able to provide this Christmas for Care Experienced people in Scotland.
Who Cares? Scotland’s Public Affairs Manager, Jamie Kinlochan, will receive a British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours List 2021.
We caught up with board member Carmel Jacob to find out a bit more about her!
We caught up with board member Trevor Hillman to find a bit more about him!
Development Officer, Peter Melrose, has interviewed and gathered information about the experience of lockdown on Care Experienced young people throughout the restrictions and crisis, by talking to young people living…
Who Cares? Scotland publish research into issues of privacy and confidentiality within the Children’s Hearings System
Our vice-chair Megan Moffat explains how we recruited our new CEO, Louise Hunter.
Chairs of The Promise and Who Cares? Scotland reiterate shared commitment to transform Care Experienced people’s lives
Learn how our members voices shaped the Children (Scotland) Bill
Who Cares? Scotland, the leading advocacy organisation for Care Experienced people, is proud to announce Louise Hunter as its new Chief Executive.
Read Who Cares? Scotland’s official statement on the conclusion of The Care Review.
Advertising and marketing around foster care sends out a confusing message. Approaches range from focusing on allowances being available to asking whether people have a spare room. This year alone,…
Jemma writes about her experiences on the Who Cares? Scotland COVID support helpline.
Claudia Macdonald, Interim Chief Executive Officer, welcomes the Scottish Government’s Young Person Guarantee
Duncan Dunlop, Chief Executive of Who Cares? Scotland, comments on the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill – 2nd April 2020
Duncan Dunlop pens a letter to our members addressing the current Coronavirus crisis.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, our offices are now closed but our staff will continue working from home. Read more about our additional measures to support Care Experienced people here.
Details of our actions to support Care Experienced members affected by the COVID-19 lockdown.
Read Dean’s account of his first time at a Who Cares? Scotland Summer Camp and help us offer this experience to more of our members by fundraising or donating.
Care Day is the world’s biggest celebration of people with Care Experience. The term “Care Experienced” refers to anyone who has been or is currently in care. This care may…
Find out how our members’ voices will shape Who Cares? Scotland’s work
Who Cares? Scotland comments on the latest Care Inspectorate report, highlighting the deaths of children in care.
Theighan’s describes her experience of sibling separation
Megan Sutherland, Vice-chair of Who Cares? Scotland, responds to BBC’s “Only An Excuse” sketch show.
Duncan Dunlop, Chief Executive Officer, comments on the latest investigation into the use of secure accommodation in Scotland
We caught up with Natalie Wright and her workplace mentor, Shona Adams, to see how her internship was progressing.
Duncan Dunlop, our Chief Executive Officer, comments on the recent events surrounding Jeremy Corbyn’s scarf.
For six years, Who Cares? Scotland have helped Care Experienced people feel part of a family on Christmas day. Megan tells us what her first Christmas Day experience with us meant to her.
Joelle Kirkpatrick, a member of Who Cares? Scotland, has designed new Christmas cards and prints to support Care Experienced people.
Who Cares? Scotland caught up with Ken Armstrong & T Christian Miller, authors of an article which has inspired the new Netflix show ‘Unbelievable’.
Who Cares? Scotland recognised for securing the independent review of the Scottish care system
Learn more about our first ever Care Experience & Employment Summit taking place at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Who Cares? Scotland launch new report ‘We Don’t Have to Wait’
Who Cares? Scotland comment on recent figures highlighting the number of missing people in care
Who Cares? Scotland member Carol shares how she supports Care Experienced people for World Voice Day
Kenny Murray is recognized at the National Campaigner Awards 2019 for the ‘Who We Are’ project.
Maree Todd MSP announces plans to introduce new laws to protect brothers and sisters in care.
Speakers tell of discrimination and stigma faced by Care Experienced people, by public who don’t understand care.
Kenny Murray writes about the power of cinema as a tool for fair representation, and our members reactions to the new film ‘Instant Family’
This Care Day, civic buildings and monuments will light up in red to show love and unity to Scotland’s Care Experienced population.
We are delighted to announce our first strategic corporate partner, with house-building company Mactaggart & Mickel.
Corporate Parents progress reviewed in Scotland by Minister for Childcare and Early Years
A grant for every care experienced young person at university or college, up to £8,100, has been announced
Kenny Murray writes about his personal experiences of Care Experience and Poverty
Who Cares? Scotland has been recognised in the shortlist for the Charity Awards UK 2018.
Our Trustee Megan Moffat discusses her journey and some of the achievements of Who Cares? Scotland
Throughout 2018, the charity will be celebrating its 40th birthday.
Member Carmel describes the importance of International Womens Day, and its intersectionality with her care experience.
Josh shares his story as an LGBT Care Experienced member
On National Care Day, Scottish Women’s Football has announced the launch of their newest charity partner, Who Cares? Scotland.
Care Day 2018 date is launched by 5 Nations 1 Voice.
Duncan Dunlop, Chief Executive, announces vacancy for a new Director of Care Experienced Membership
Ryan shares how care experience can, and should, be a positive in young people’s lives
Helen describes what respect means to her.
Evanna describes what love means to her
Callum reflects on notable statistics surrounding Care Experienced people
Who Cares? Scotland and the Children & Young People Commissioner today have launched new resources for those leaving care
Who Cares? Scotland have been nominated for Charity of the Year 2017, SCVO Scottish Charity Awards.
Duncan Dunlop comments on Fiona Duncan’s announcement regarding the Care Review
Diane Webb, Who Cares? Scotland Alumni Member, shares her care story.
Natasha shares her experiences applying for funding at university, and her plans going forward.
Harry discusses his experience meeting the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and taking part in the Who Cares? Scotland documentary.
A warm and heartfelt welcome to Fiona Duncan, Chair of the Independent Root and Branch Review of Care
Duncan Dunlop, Chief Executive of Who Cares? Scotland, comments on the recent news of premature deaths in the Care Experienced community.
Ahead of the debate on “Improving the Care Experience of Looked After Children” led by the Minister for Child Care and Early Years, Mark McDonald, Who Cares? Scotland prepared this brief for all members of the Scottish Parliament.
Dear Santa, We know you’re used to getting letters from the children and families across the world who love Christmas. We can’t blame them, when you have people to celebrate…
With care experienced people in the STV documentary ‘Who Cares’ calling for love to be part of the care system, Sarah Jane Linton, a foster carer from Lanarkshire, is writing to say that it is possible.
Ashley reflects on her experience taking part in the new STV documentary ‘Who Cares?’
Duncan Dunlop, Chief Executive of Who Cares? Scotland, has released a statement surrounding the announcement of an Independent Care Review.
Laura shares her journey leaving her placement. activism, and independent living
Duncan Dunlop, Chief Executive of Who Cares? Scotland, responds to the new named person legislation
Who Cares? Scotland launches a national campaign that aims to end the discrimination that young people in care face.
Our member Chloe shares her experiences of Summer Camp
A new campaign to highlight the successes of Care Experienced people has been launched
Duncan Dunlop, Chief Executive of Who Cares? Scotland, launches election manifesto
Nicole Bain talks about finding her campaigning voice by taking our Empowerment Sessions on the road as part of Care Leavers Week 2016.
Former WC?S Policy Assistant, Lynzy Hanvidge talks about going to Nothern Ireland to attend a political hustings as part of a Care Experienced panel.
Our former Chief Executive, Duncan Dunlop discusses a trip he took to New Zealand in 2016 to oversee a review of their National Child Youth and Family Agency.
Anna Fowlie from the Scottish Social Services Council talks about what it means to be a Corporate Parent a year after SSSC was added to the list of Corporate Parents in 2015.
Former Who Cares? Scotland employee, Robert Foster talks about the importance of widening access to education for Care Experienced people and the responsibilities of Corporate Parents.
Care Experienced member, Shilla Zwizwai talks about the Commission on Widening Access to Education and her own experience at college.
Care Experienced member, Callum Lynch talks about his care journey, The Care Commission and going to Harvard.
Dionne Mcnicol talks about what it is like to be a Care Experienced member of staff at Who Cares? Scotland.
Former Director of Influencing, Claudia MacDonald reflects on WC?S’s relationship with the Scottish Government in 2016.
Glasgow City Chambers have lit up their building using the Who Cares? Scotland tartan to mark Care Day 2016.
Former Member of Scottish Parliament,
Aileen Campbell reflects on Care Day 2016.