Glasgow streets filled with love

Care raly

Hundreds of care experienced Scots took part in a march to call for those in the system to be shown more compassion

21st October 2019 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

Hundreds of Scots hit the streets at the weekend to take part in the Glasgow Streets for Love Rally.

The event was held by care experienced people who are calling for a lifetime of love for people who grow up in care. They say that love is all too often absent from care.

Organisers believe this failure to show love has consequences that last throughout people’s lives. Many care experienced people speak about the impact this has on their self-worth, their place in the world and ability to love others.

The rally made its way from Glasgow Green through the city centre around and culminated with speeches in George Square.

Kevin Browne-MacLeod, of Who Cares? Scotland, an organisation that works for and on behalf of care experienced people, said: “According to our records, care experienced people have been asking to be loved since at least the 1970’s. Procedures, resources and attitudes have all gotten in the way. Love isn’t a controversial idea. Somewhere along the way, someone decided that love wasn’t an essential part of a care experienced person’s day. We’re marching to change that.

“Almost three years ago today, the First Minister promised to build a care system built on love. This march is about holding her to that promise. It’s also about letting the people of Scotland know that we all have a role to play in supporting care experienced people be loved and reach their potential.”