Care experienced young people in Scotland will be supported to have more say in the decisions that affect their lives thanks to £1.4 million funding for Who Cares? Scotland from the Life Changes Trust.
The money will be used over five years to give care experienced young people a voice so that improvements to the care system are informed by their real lived experiences and insights. The funding will also help Who Cares? Scotland achieve their goal of creating a lifetime of equality, respect and love for care experienced young people.
Who Cares? Scotland’s efforts to transform care in Scotland have been driven by the determination, talent and skills of care experienced young people themselves. They have already supported young people to influence legislative change - their testimony was the catalyst to raising the care leaving age to 21 and last year, the First Minister commissioned a root and branch review of the care system to be driven by care experienced people. In announcing the review, the First Minister stated, “every child deserves to be loved”.
Duncan Dunlop, CEO of Who Cares? Scotland said, “The investment from the Life Changes Trust enables Who Cares? Scotland to continue to work with our care experienced members to achieve the world they want to live in. That’s one where they thrive as children and feel included and active as adults in our society. We want to secure a lifetime of equality, respect and love for care experienced young people. There is a lot to do before we can achieve this – continuing to ensure care experienced young people feel like they belong, and that their voice matters is crucial to realizing the change they and generations to come, deserve. We are grateful to the Life Changes Trust for their continued and important support”.