Showing We Care

Leading the Way

We are proud to show that Care Experienced Young People have made real and lasting change in Perth and Kinross. Their knowledge and ideas have shaped services to serve current and future generations of young people who are care experienced. 

Working in partnership with Perth and Kinross Council, Who Cares Scotland, Life Changes Trust and Corporate Parents throughout the area, these are some of the changes made in Perth and Kinross to increase opportunities and improve lives.  

Q: What do you think is the main role of the corporate parents?
A: To care, to show up to meetings, to make the effort with us. (F.Y.I group member)

Housing Support

The local fire service have stated that they will give every local care experienced young person a free fire safety check in their first tenancy. Contact Campbell Sands at Campbell.Sands@firescotland.gov.uk

PKC Housing Service now have a staff member with a remit for care experienced young people and will offer a bespoke package of support, not placing young people in homeless accommodation. Contact Martin Smith at MBSmith@pkc.gov.uk

PKC Community Payback Team painting and decorating at least 6 young people's accommodation per year. Contact Arek Nowrotek at ANowrotek@pkc.gov.uk

Employment and Skills

Perth and Kinross Council will guarantee and interview for all care experienced young people who apply for a Modern Apprenticeship.

Contact Pat Nicol at PNicoll@pkc.gov.uk

Services for Young People’s 16+ team now have a worker with a remit for care experienced young people.

Contact Colin Hay at CHay@pkc.gov.uk

The Corporate Parenting Sub Group will try to make sure that all care experienced young people will have a ’take your child to work’ experience every year.

Contact Jill Hunter at jill.hunter@sds.co.uk

Skills Development Scotland guarantees every care experienced young person in secondary school a dedicated Careers Coach to support them through the choices at school and prepare them for opportunities after school by developing their career management skills.

Contact Jill Hunter at jill.hunter@sds.co.uk

Skills Development Scotland guarantees every care experienced young person who has left school a dedicated Work Coach to support them to achieve their goals. Our coaches will be there every step of the way.

Contact Jill Hunter at jill.hunter@sds.co.uk

Perth and Kinross Council Education and Children’s Service will offer the opportunity to have 1-2-1 support when completing any kind of “official” forms e.g. Welfare Benefits, UCAS, Job Applications, etc.

Adult care services (PKC) - will offer at least one care experienced young person a clerical work experience opportunity with the possibility of linking into a care opportunity.

Contact Steph Keen at SKeen@pkc.gov.uk

Q: What is the main thing you would want to change for care experienced young people?
A: Making sure all care experienced young people have a job and a happy home to live in. (F.Y.I group member)

Active living

The Duke of Edinburgh Team now have a worker with a remit for care experienced young people.

Contact Scott Martin at ScottMartin@pkc.gov.uk

The FYI Group will encourage two opportunities per year for active sessions. 

Contact Gary Brown at garybrown@pkc.gov.uk

Live Active Leisure will provide free or reduced cost access to local leisure venues for care                 experienced young people through the Compass Membership.

Contact Phil Coleman at PColeman@liveactive.co.uk

The Live Active Leisure Wellbeing and Sports Development teams will engage annually with care experienced young people to identify needs and aspirations in relation to being involved in sport and physical activity and to design new approaches to improve access.

Contact Phil Coleman at PColeman@liveactive.co.uk

In the Community

Ensure provision of Gaelic Education or support in the community is available to care experienced young people, especially if they have had to re-locate.

Contact Sharon Doyle at SDoyle@pkc.gov.uk

Care experienced young people will volunteer and take part in mentoring in the community, supported by the Communities Team.

Contact Sharon Doyle at SDoyle@pkc.gov.uk

Listening to Issues

We are aware that young people live in a variety of contexts in Perth and Kinross. If young people need support with any issues they are having with their placements they can get in touch to discuss further.

Contact Gary Brown at garybrown@pkc.gov.uk

Members of Perth and Kinross Council’s Education and Children’s Senior Management Team would be happy to meet with any care experienced young people for a cuppa and a chat if they think that would be helpful.

Contact Sheena Devlin at SDevlin@pkc.gov.uk

Making Changes

Care experienced young people will always be guaranteed representation at all Corporate Parenting Sub Group meetings.

Contact Sheena Devlin at SDevlin@pkc.gov.uk

Care experienced young people will always be guaranteed representation on the Perth and Kinross Youth Voice Group.

Contact Sandy Davidson at SDavidson@pkc.gov.uk

Through Perth and Kinross Council’s Family Based Care Team local care experienced young people will be asked two times per year to be part of ‘Skills to Foster’ training with potential carers. This will take the format of a Q and A session.