Friday 21 February marks National Care Day

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Friday 21 February marks National Care Day – an annual celebration of children and young people with care experience and an opportunity to celebrate the rights of care experienced children and young people and their families.

It means Friday is the perfect opportunity to highlight the recent Independent Care Review report which was published earlier this month. The report looks at what over 5,500 care experienced children and adults, families and the paid and unpaid workforce told the Care Review. It also explains what Scotland must do to make sure its most vulnerable children feel loved and have the childhood they deserve and how this change must happen. The report also looks at how Scotland can better invest in its children and families and sets out the current legislative framework.

National Care Day itself is an opportunity to connect care experienced young people with other young people and corporate parents; to champion care experienced young people, raise awareness of care experience and tackle stigma.

To mark National Care Day, Aberdeen is hosting a drop in session at the Westburn Resource Centre for Looked After Children, care experienced young people and their family and carers.  Our theme for this year’s event is Employability so we have joined forces with training providers and employers in the city for an interactive event with presentations, stalls and an activity area. Stalls include:
  • Training providers – Barnardos, WorkingRite and Tullos Training
  • Aberdeen City Council’s Foster Care and Adoption Teams
  • Residential Team
  • Kinship Care
  • People and Organisation
  • Crafts Stall
  • NHS – one of the region’s biggest employer
  • Robert  Gordon University
  • The University of Aberdeen
  • Skills Development Scotland

These will sit alongside activity areas run by Who Cares? Scotland and the Aberdeen City Library Service.

The drop in session starts at 11am and finishes at 2pm.

Finally, ACE (Aberdeen Care Experienced) has planned a range of outdoor activities to build young people’s confidence and abilities. Young people recently walked a nearby hill, Bennachie which was the first time many had been hill walking. They felt so positive after this challenge that they want their Corporate Parents to join them on their next big adventure in 2020 – walking Ben Nevis.

As you can imagine many of these young people have no access to the equipment needed to walk Ben Nevis so we need your help.  A fundraising target of £4000 has been set and we are looking for donations.  Who Cares? Scotland (a registered Charity) has agreed to hold the funds for the group, but 100% of funds raised will go to the ACE young people.

You can donate and find out more at  ACE Hillwalking Fundraiser

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