SQA celebrates Care Experienced Week

Monday 21 October 2019

This weekend, SQA staff took to the streets of Glasgow to show their commitment to a lifetime of love for all care experienced people. The Lifetime of Love Rally marked the start of Care Experienced Week, an annual celebration organised by Who Cares? Scotland.

In taking part in the rally, we were demonstrating our support for care experienced people not just on that day, but all year round.

As proud Corporate Parents, this ongoing support is something we take seriously. SQA has a responsibility to promote the wellbeing of care experienced young people, and in order to do this as effectively as possible, we work in close partnership with Who Cares? Scotland.

Our special relationship with Who Cares? Scotland goes beyond corporate parenting responsibilities. SQA staff are always on the lookout for opportunities to volunteer, help out, and fundraise for this amazing organisation.

These are just some of the ways we help care experienced young people realise the brighter futures they deserve.

Results Day celebration

SQA wants the ambition and achievements of care-experienced young people to be acknowledged and supported. This year we hosted our fifth Results Day celebration, which saw 20 care experienced young people from across the country receive the results for their SQA examinations, courses, and awards from the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP.

Mentoring

MCR Pathways connects disadvantaged, often care-experienced, young people with volunteer mentors to help them find, grow, and use their talents. Currently 12 SQA staff members are mentoring a young person, providing extra support and encouragement to help them reach their full potential.

Harvard Summer School

This year, SQA joined Who Cares? Scotland in giving two young people from care experienced backgrounds the opportunity to experience student life at an Ivy League university. Andi and Lauren set off for Boston, USA, for a seven-week residential stay at Harvard University’s summer school programme.

Kiltwalks

SQA staff join the Who Cares? Scotland team on Kiltwalks to raise both money for and awareness of care experienced young people across Scotland. Last year, the Glasgow Kiltwalk alone raised more than £55,000 for Who Cares? Scotland.

 

Who Cares? Scotland newsletter

SQA volunteers pay quarterly visits to Who Cares? Scotland’s Glasgow office to help get their newsletter ready for posting to all 1800 care experienced young people in Scotland.

Christmas campaign

Last year, 65 SQA staff came together to support the fantastic work that Who Cares? Scotland does at Christmas. They donated vouchers, wrote Christmas cards and packed parcels.

Learn more about SQA’s commitment to care experienced young people.