Who Cares? Scotland
Funding of £1,212,243 was awarded in January 2015. A second funding award of £1.4 million was awarded in November 2017 (award over 5 years)
Who Cares? Scotland is a national voluntary organisation, working with young people with care experience and care leavers across Scotland. They now have Advocacy and Participation Workers in most of Scotland’s local authority areas and they also undertake nationally focused training, policy and campaigns work to inform decision makers, professionals and members of the public of the issues that care experienced people face. They provide independent advocacy for children and young people in care across Scotland. They also campaign on behalf of and with these children and young people and put young people with care experience at the heart of their work - as equal partners and as the experts in their own lives.
The first Life Changes Trust funding award was to support Who Cares? Scotland in their campaign 'Engage, Mobilise, Empower'. Funding was used to achieve the following:
- development of Scottish Alumni of Care Leavers and Regional Participation Network
- summer camp and National Festival
- development of partnerships locally and nationally
- supporting young people with care experience involvement in Champions Boards
- corporate parent training
- employment of young people with care experience
The second, five-year funding award was to support Who Cares? Scotland to give young people with care experience a voice, so that improvements to the care system are informed by their real lived experiences and insights. They would also work to challenge the stigma and discrimination that young people with care experience face, enable them to build networks of support to increase their confidence and skills and improve their employment environment.
The funding is also helping Who Cares? Scotland achieve their goal of creating a lifetime of equality, respect and love for young people with care experience.