Glasgow has pledged to listen to and involve their care experienced young people in decisions that affect their lives, thanks to a funding boost of £225,000 from the Life Changes Trust. Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership will use the money to fully involve young people in their Champions Board.
Champions Boards provide a unique platform for young people to draw on their own experiences to act as expert advisors, talking directly with staff and elected members from local authorities, health boards and other public agencies. In this way they can highlight the challenges that being in care can bring and how these challenges can be faced and overcome with the right support.
In 2015, Scottish charity The Life Changes Trust invested an initial £2 million in 10 influential Champions Boards across Scotland and have now pledged a further £2.5 million to double this number over the next year.
Glasgow initially set up a Champions Board in 2007, and it has been developing since then. This funding will be used to support the Board to include care experienced young people in all aspects of their work, putting them at the heart of its efforts to improve their future prospects. Young people will have the opportunity to improve their talents and skills, become more confident and have much more say in the development and delivery of services that affect their lives.
Councillor Mhairi Hunter, Chair of Glasgow City Health & Social Care Partnership, said: “Glasgow has been involving care experienced young people in decisions which affect their lives for more than a decade and we’re delighted to be able to use this money from the Life Changes Trust to build on that firm foundation. The money is being used to fund a development worker who is working with our Young Champs to ensure their opinions and experiences influence decision-making. Our Young Champs meet weekly and always ensure that their voices are heard loud and clear!”