Who Cares? Scotland is a national voluntary organisation, working with care experienced young people and care leavers across Scotland. Read on to find out more about the service and what happens in Renfrewshire.
The Who Cares? Scotland vision is a lifetime of equality, respect and love for care experienced people.
This vision is what will drive them over the coming years; to campaign for a way of delivering care that provides young people with a lifetime of equality, a lifetime of respect and a lifetime of love. Check out the video below.
Visit the Who Cares? Scotland website.
Who Cares? Scotland Family Membership
Have you ever had a social worker, lived in foster care, residential care, or been looked after by another family member?
If you can answer “yes” to any of those questions, then you can join Who Cares? Scotland on their mission to secure a lifetime of equality, respect and love for care experienced people by joining their family.
Care experienced people have so much to offer. By joining the Who Cares? Scotland family, you’re sending a message to other care experienced people that they are not alone.
You’ll get a welcome pack, exclusive invites to national events, copies of the membership magazine SpeakOut (check out a cover of it below), a card on your birthday and a parcel at Christmas. Additionally, as a member, you’ll be able to help shape the work of Who Cares? Scotland and to vote on how the organisation should be run. In most areas, there are also local opportunities to connect with other care experienced people, explore your care identity and to use your voice to influence change.
If you’re interested in signing up, click here
Who Cares? Scotland in Renfrewshire
In Renfrewshire, the team deliver the Communities That Care project which is funded by STV Children’s Appeal. The project aims to make Renfrewshire the most caring place in Scotland for Care Experienced children and young people.
There are lots of free groups in Renfrewshire. If you want to learn more about them check out what's on below or email the team by clicking here.
Advocacy helps children and young people claim their rights.
Who Cares? Scotland provides a professional, independent advocacy service in Renfrewshire. Their advocacy worker is Donald Walker (pictured below). Donald works 1:1 with young people to help them have a say in what is happening to them.
Advocacy gives you a chance to tell someone what they want or like, out with the line of professionals. It helps you to put their views across with what you think is best for you. A lot of young people don’t do this because they don’t think they would be listened to or they don’t know how to say it
- Advocacy is an equal partnership between you and your Who Cares? Scotland worker.
- The worker develops a trusting relationship with you and helps you to have their say and understand what you want to say.
- A worker can help you speak to your Social Worker and Children’s Panel Member – or your carers and teachers.
- Advocacy is a way of helping you understand your rights.
If you are a care-experienced young person and feel that you would benefit from advocacy, contact Donald on 07712865958 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know that the law has changed to allow young people to stay in their current care placement until they are 21? This is called Continuing Care. Also, young people who are aged between 21 and 26 are eligible for more support from local authorities. This is called Aftercare. More information on Continuing Care and Aftercare, including leaflets and flowcharts, can be found on the Children and Young People’s Commissioner website.
Council Tax Exemption
Are you a care leaver? Did you know that as of 1st April 2018 care leavers in Scotland do not have to pay council tax until they turn 26? Details of what it means to be a care leaver and how to apply for a council tax exemption are found on Renfrewshire Council’s website.
Stand up for Siblings
Sometimes when young people go into care the relationships they have with their brothers and sisters can be disrupted. Stand up for Siblings is a partnership initiative between different organisations to protect the rights of siblings. For more information visit the website.
The Care Review
Did you know that there is an independent root and branch review of care in Scotland which is happening right now? The review is a great opportunity to have your voice heard and to shape the changes that will be made to the care system in Scotland. For more information on the review and how to get involved visit the website.