Who Cares Scotland is still active during the Covid 19 crisis but we have changed how we work to ensure everyone’s safety and gain a wider reach.
We now have a new offer for Care Experienced people who are worried about the Coronavirus and the impact it may have on their lives. People will be able to call, email or text us with a request for help. In the first instance, this will trigger a conversation with one of our First Responders – a staff member who will take the persons details and capture their needs through a supportive conversation. They will then arrange for further support through a local connection.
Information about the daily responder and which number to call can be found on our website www.whocaresscitland.org and social media channels.
It is anticipated that we will be able to support people with access to information and guidance, and an ongoing trusted relationship during a troubling time. We will also provide practical support where possible, by helping people to buy food or access care packages, mobile phone top ups and gas and electricity for their homes. We will be fundraising and asking our partners to help us do this.
For any of our young people who attend groups, we will be using technology to keep them engaged, and where appropriate will post out activity packs for the younger members.
Our Advocacy service is still available, with advocates available to speak and support young people over the phone or via video calls – as you may be aware all Children’s Hearings are now virtual but our staff will work to ensure that young people’s voices and views are presented at these.
If you know of any care experienced people in your community who you think would benefit from support, please let them know we are here!
Also, please let us know what is happening within your organisation and community so we have up-to-date information to share.