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Spreading the love for care experienced people

Post Date: 19 October 2022

ILF Scotland works with a range of disabled people - including those who have been placed in the care of a local authority as a young person.

“Care” can mean many things:

  • young people being placed in the care of relatives
  • supported at home
  • living with a foster family
  • spending time away from home in residential care.

Linda Scott of ILF Scotland says: “As a public body of the Scottish Government we are committed to supporting Scottish Ministers in their role as ‘corporate parents’.”

ILF Scotland’s specific fund for young people – the Transition Fund – brings the organisation into contact with hundreds of young adults across Scotland, many of whom are “care experienced”.

Linda says: “We work continuously to better target our services to these young people, providing them with the best advice and assistance we can. We also work with other corporate parents and care experienced young people to improve our services.”

(You can read ILF’s corporate parenting plan here)

ILF Scotland is supporting Care Experienced Week 2022, which will offer a number of events to support people who have been through the care sector.

The week runs from Sunday 23 October to Sunday 30 October, 2022.

Highlights will include:

  • The Love Rally (23 October) – a Glasgow march for all care experienced people
  • The Lanarkshire Showcase (25 October) – a night of “unforgettable performances” from Lanarkshire’s care experienced community
  • Events for Who Cares? Scotland members – including the “Time to Shine” Festival (29 October)

For full details, visit the Who Cares? Scotland website.

Who Cares? Scotland – a registered charity - says it is working hard to ensure that care experienced people have a right to “supportive, caring services for as long as they require them”.

The organisation’s Lifelong Rights campaign is asking for:

  • “independent, lifelong advocacy for every care experienced person in Scotland”
  • “care experienced people to be seen and heard as a group of rights-holders, with a seat at the table” and
  • “equity and rights for care experienced people in Scotland with lifelong protection and support”

A spokesperson said: “During the Week we will be sharing the importance of Lifelong Rights and we would appreciate it if you would help us spread this message using the hashtag #LifelongRights.

“If you are attending the Love Rally you can tweet about your experience using the hashtags #RallyForLove and #LifetimeOfLove.

“We’d like to highlight all other local and national activities using the overall hashtag #CEW22. Please use these hashtags for your own messages and to amplify the voices of care experienced people.”

You can also tag @whocaresscotland in relevant posts.

Rough, circular logo with the words "Care Experienced Week 2022" and the hashtag #CEW22
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