Care Day 2019

Young people with experiences of growing up in care shared their stories at a special event held in Motherwell Theatre

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Six care experienced people from the NL Champions Board gave inspiring presentations about their lives to over one hundred council managers and representatives of partner organisations such as Police Scotland, NHS Lanarkshire and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

The event marks the fourth annual awareness day to celebrate children and young people with care experience.

North Lanarkshire's Champions Board gives Care Experienced People a platform to ensure their voices are heard and aims to change the care system 'Today Not Tomorrow'.

And one of the members of the board, Jade Kilkenny, told the audience: "It's essential that our voices are listened to and that we all work to improve the life chances of care experienced young people. Care is about meeting each individual's needs as no two experiences of care are the same.

"We want both care experienced young people and Corporate Parents to come together and work as a team to make care better for all future children and young people in care. 

"Care day is about what care means to each individual. It represents the hopes and dreams we have for a positive future for care experienced young people. Everyone is an individual and has their own unique needs and priorities of care. Care has been around for many years and 20 years ago we didn't have all of the services and opportunities we have today and so it is important to keep in mind lessons of the past and what we can learn from them."

Cllr Frank McNally, Convener of Education and Families, added: "There are 755 care experienced young people living in North Lanarkshire and it's essential that we listen to them about how we can improve the ways in which they are supported."

Care Day 2019 aims to:

  • Celebrate: Shift public attitudes on Care Experienced people's lives
  • Connect: Encourage the local, national and global Care Experienced community to engage with our evidence from 40 years of experience of working independently with Care Experienced people
  • Champion: Connect the Care Experienced community with their allies and corporate parents to talk about how we can ensure Care Experienced people get the love, rights and relationships they deserve
  • Communicate: Motivate the Care Experienced community, their allies and corporate parents to share their celebrations, show their commitments and ignite discussion

 

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