Who Cares? Scotland and its sister charity VOYPIC in Northern Ireland are dedicated to improving the lives and outcomes of children and young people growing up in care.
Who Cares? Scotland is committed to securing a lifetime of equality, respect and love for all care-experienced people, while VOYPIC’s vision is that every child in care experiences positive relationships, stability, safety while being empowered to transform their lives.
Our grant supported all these strands, helping employ a care-experienced young person to work on policy, pay for some cross-border events and generally give the Chief Executives headroom to support one another and collaborate to promote their shared values and approach.
One significant achievement has been their strong engagement in the ‘5 Nations 1 Voice’ Alliance, involving equivalent charities in England, Wales and Ireland, all of which now have National Care Days. The Scottish government has also announced a root and branch review of care driven by care-experienced young people, in which Who Cares? Scotland is playing a major role. The buzz from bringing young people from two countries together and the energy generated by a joint approach can amplify the message and strengthen the voices of young people.
Their aim and approach resonates with the value we place on supportive social and personal relationships and networks, and on the importance of hearing directly from people affected by a problem. It is also an example of our desire to support work with national significance – across two nations, and beyond through the wider alliance.