Don pledges support for care leavers

Pictured is Nigel Don pledging his supprt to the care leavers' campaign
Pictured is Nigel Don pledging his supprt to the care leavers' campaign

Angus North and Mearns MSP, Nigel Don, has added his backing to campaign led by care leavers, who want to fulfil their Christmas wish list.

Care leavers gathered outside the Scottish Parliament and asked politicians to show support by pledging their commitment to help further generations of care leavers to come.

Who Cares? Scotland, the leading charity for young people in care, was joined by Young Scot, the National Union of Students and Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People in asking MSPs to help get a fairer deal for youngsters as they enter Stage 2 of the Children and Young People Bill.

Ashley Cameron, a young care leaver said: “At this time of year it’s hard being away from your family. All we want at Christmas is to know that people really do care.”

Duncan Dunlop, chief executive of Who Cares? Scotland said: “The young care leavers here today are excellent examples of success with many of them dedicating their careers and free time to helping create a brighter future for other generations of care leavers – as well as showing amazing resilience to overcome a range of issues in their young lives.”

“We want to make Scotland the best place to grow up for all children and young people. Who Cares? Scotland is thrilled that Nigel has pledged to support young care leavers this Christmas.”

On behalf of the 16,000 children in care in Scotland and the 1,300 care leavers each year, the young people asked politicians to grant their Christmas Wish List that:-

All care leavers in Scotland live long and happy lives, that they control with support where needed; No care leaver in Scotland ever experiences homelessness; all care leavers in Scotland are surrounded by stable, loving relationships and get a chance to fulfil their dreams; Scotland continues to care for care leavers; Scotland listens to the voice of young people with care experience.