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Rally highlights plight of those brought up in care

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They call for lifelong rights

Hundreds of Scots marched through the streets of Glasgow as part of a love rally following a Scottish charity launching a new report.

The report published by Who Cares? Scotland states that two in three care experienced adults had a negative experience when leaving care. Further, almost 50% of these adults feel stigmatised when receiving support.

In a call for change, the charity took to the streets of Glasgow as part of a love rally, it was joined by MSPs and councillors. Their rallying cry was for extra protection for care experienced people of all ages to access their rights with independent advocacy for those who needs it.

Now an annual event, the rally was started by Who Cares? Scotland in 2018 after many of its members shared that they didn’t feel loved while growing up in care.

Care experienced people and their supporters returned to Glasgow to demand lifelong rights and support.

The rally started at Glasgow Green at 1pm and made its way through Glasgow city centre. It culminated with speeches and musical performances in George Square.

Louise Hunter, chief executive at Who Cares? Scotland, said: “What an incredible day - the atmosphere was electric. We proudly marched through Glasgow in solidarity with care experienced people of all ages to be heard and seen as a group of rights holders.

“It was fantastic to see so many people join us. Together, we can make sure all members of our community have the right support, if and when they need it, in order to thrive.”