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Our Story

The Why Not? Trust for Care Experienced Young People grew out of a successful initiative started by Care Visions Children’s Services in 2014. The Why Not? Trust was registered as a charity in its own right in 2018.

Why Not? grew out of a recognition of the significance of relationships in enabling young people’s wellbeing and resilience, in preparation for and after they have moved on from care. As the number of young people engaged in Why Not? grew, gatherings were arranged so that young people could share their stories and experiences and connect with the network of people involved. This led to the development of a community, which has become a vibrant network of talent and creativity in which everyone contributes, and everyone benefits.

"The Why Not? Trust gives me opportunities that I would never have dreamed of doing." - Amber, Young Adult
"Relationships made by chance but continued by choice... or rather the unbreakable bond that comes from commitment, honesty, patience, resilience but above all - mutual respect." - Emma, Young Adult

The Trust currently supports more than 80 young people to engage in continuing relationships with “connectors” of their choice, who may be former staff members and carers. Person Led Planning is used to help young people identify important relationships and connections. Carers and young people are helped to maintain these relationships with the ongoing support of a dedicated team of co-ordinators in different parts of Scotland.