People matter and their voices are important. The best people to point to the problems and solutions are those that have lived and experienced those problems and solutions. It was important to create a space where young people and the workforce can work together and connect over a common goal. Because, ultimately this toolkit is not just for young people and the workforce, but it is also created by them.
There are young people and members of the workforce from all over Scotland in the group – representing a range of experiences. We have some voices of residential care, secure care, foster care, college students and apprentices as well as a range of professional experience, including throughcare and aftercare.
The group meets regularly (up to twice a month) to talk, socialise and work (a little) on the project. The group has made important decisions like: expanding the toolkit to include young people, adding a cat to the main illustration and deciding on the content of the toolkit. Since March 2020 we have been meeting remotely.