Care Day 2020

Care Day is an annual international celebration of the Care Experienced community.

This year’s Care Day takes place on Friday 21 February.

Care Day aims to:

  • Celebrate: Shift public attitudes on Care Experienced people’s lives.
  • Connect: Bring together the Care Experienced community with their allies and corporate parents to talk about how we can ensure Care Experienced people get the love, rights and relationships they deserve.
  • Communicate: Motivate the Care Experienced community, their allies and corporate parents to share their celebrations, show their commitments and ignite discussion.

The theme of this year’s event is Reimagining

“Whatever is given / Can always be reimagined” – Seamus Heaney

This year we’re encouraging the Care Experienced community and their supporters to reimagine how Scotland and the world can best support Care Experienced people to flourish.

Get involved

We will be keeping this page and our Twitter and Facebook up-to-date as more details become available.  Check out www.careday.ie to see how our partners in other countries are celebrating Care Day.

On social media

Our hashtags this year are #CareDay20 and #Reimagining.  We’re encouraging people to get involved by posting details of what they’re #reimagining – this could be to do with rights, relationships or something else completely.  Selfies are encouraged!

Who Cares? Scotland Family Members and Care Experienced people

Care Day exists to celebrate and champion YOU!  Care Day is for you and all Care Experienced people.  This Care Day we want to make sure you feel celebrated and have the opportunity to reimagine the future for Care Experienced people in Scotland.  You can get involved by:

  • Attending our Annual General Meeting1.30pm to 5.00pm at The Courtyard Room, West Brewery, Templeton Building, Glasgow, G40 1AW
    Our Annual General Meeting is a key opportunity for our family members to learn more about the Who Cares? Scotland, review our activity over the past 12 months, elect Trustees, discuss key areas of work and vote on strategic priorities for the next year.
    Register online or check out our blog to find out find out more about what the AGM entails, what you’ll be able to vote on and the process for submitting motions.
  • Attending our Carelidh6.00pm to 9.00pm at Pollokshields Burgh Hall, 70 Glencairn Drive, Glasgow G41 4LL
    Register online until Monday 17 February – if the event sells out before this we may need to close registration for the event early.
  • Contacting your local advocate to find out about activities taking place in your area.

Supporters of Care Experienced People

We are delighted you are considering showing your commitment to Care Experienced people by celebrating, connecting and communicating to and with each other and the Care Experienced community this Care Day. 

You could do this by:

  • Organising an event or activity within your organisation / local authority area.
  • Lighting up your building in red on Care Day 2020 to show some love for the Care Experienced community.
  • Capturing your commitments to how you can reimagine your work to best serve Care Experienced people and share them publicly on social media (using the hashtags #CareDay20 and #Reimagining), your website or by working with a journalist or producer to create a media platform.
  • Joining up with our local and national activities.

If you already work with us, your usual Who Cares? Scotland contact should be in touch.  If you have an idea for marking this day, our staff would be delighted to hear from you:

  • National Corporate Parents:
    Contact our National Corporate Parenting Team Manager, Chloe Dobson on cdobson@whocaresscotland.org or 07715 312 378.
  • Local Authorities:
    Contact your local Who Cares? Scotland Advocacy and Participation Manager, using the details in the tables below.
  • Elected Officials in Local Authority areas:
    Contact your local Who Cares? Scotland Advocacy and Participation Manager, using the details in the tables below.
  • Ministers in the Scottish Parliament:
    Talk to Jamie Kinlochan, our Public Affairs Manager, at jkinlochan@whocaresscotland.org or 07786 075 855.
  • Commissioners and Funders of Who Cares? Scotland’s local advocacy or participation activity:
    Contact your local Who Cares? Scotland Advocacy and Participation Manager, using the details in the tables below
  • Commissioners and Funders of Who Cares? Scotland’s national activity:
    Talk to Gavin Sinclair, our Fundraising and Partnerships Manager, at gsinclair@whocaresscotland.org or 07481 033 109.
  • Other Allies:
    Contact events@whocaresscotland.org.

Details of Advocacy and Participation Managers

Local Authorities Manager’s name
North Lanarkshire
South Lanarkshire
Caroline Richardson
crichardson@whocaresscotland.org
07545 436 342
Argyll & Bute
East Dunbartonshire
West Dunbartonshire    
Jamie McAnally
JMcAnally@whocaresscotland.org
07712 870 328
East Ayrshire
Inverclyde
South Ayrshire
Sharon Berrie@whocaresscotland.org
07849 083 246
East Renfrewshire
Renfrewshire
Denny Ford
dford@whocaresscotland.org
07702 500 709
Clackmannanshire
Glasgow
Falkirk
Stirling
West Lothian
Billy Alexander
balexander@whocaresscotland.org
07523 512 611
Aberdeen City
Aberdeenshire
Angus
Dundee
Perth & Kinross
Nicki Matthew
nmatthew@whocaresscotland.org
07764 145 126
East Lothian
Edinburgh
Fife
Midlothian
Scottish Borders
Jordan Croan
jcroan@whocaresscotland.org
07801 339 986
Highland
Moray
Orkney
Shetland
Western Isles
Tom Boyd
tboyd@whocaresscotland.org
07971 072 983

History of Care Day

The first Care Day took place in 2015 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Scottish Parliament unanimous passing of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill 2014.

This was a very significant moment in Who Cares? Scotland’s history as the evidence of 21 brave Care Experienced people helped change the Bill’s course and secure more rights for Care Experienced people in Scotland.

Care Day takes place on the third Friday in February each year and has continued to go from strength to strength.  It is now recognised internationally as an opportunity to celebrate the lives and voices of Care Experienced people.

With thanks to Scottish Local Authorities, funding partners and donors who make our work possible.