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East Lothian Champs to address event at Stormont on Friday

Published Tuesday 14th February 17

Champs get ready for NI visit

Flying the flag for care-experienced young people

East Lothian Champions Board is sending a delegation of three young people to Belfast this week to take part in a range of events aimed at raising awareness of care experienced young people. They will be breakfasting with Belfast Lord Mayor Alderman Brian Kingston (DUP) and taking part in an event organised by Voices of Young People in Care Northern Ireland (VOYPIC) at the Northern Ireland Assembly Building at Stormont Castle on Friday 17 February. They are part of an exchange programme, which also sees a number of care-experienced young people from Northern Ireland visiting the Who Cares? Scotland ‘Carelidh’ in Glasgow.

These events are all part of #NationalCareDay, which grew out of Who Cares? Scotland’s annual celebration of the passing of the Children and Young People Act (Scotland) 2014, which took into account care-experienced young  people’s views, for example, by enabling young people to remain looked after until the age of 21. So it’s a day of celebration which has now been taken up by organisations around the UK and Ireland.

Champions Board Member Beth Catchpole, who is flying out to Belfast with the other Champs on Wednesday, says:

‘I’m over the moon. I’m excited to be going on a plane for the first time and I’m excited about representing the Champs Board and meeting someone as important as the Mayor.’

East Lothian Education and Children’s Services Cabinet Member Shamin Akhtar added:

‘I am delighted that so many of the Champs Board and FAMILY, our looked-after young people’s club, are able to take part. Eleven people will be going to Belfast or Glasgow to talk about their experiences and what we are doing here. Our young people are really flying the flag for East Lothian and for Scotland and I would like to thank them for doing this and hope they have a really good time too.’

You can help too


Who Cares Scotland has set up a ‘Thunderclap’- a social media ‘event’ in which those who have signed up automatically send a message of care and love at the exact same time across the country.

Social Media Thunderclap

The idea behind a Thunderclap is that if everyone says the same thing at the same time, it has a much bigger impact. 


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