Caring Scotland


Caring Scotland is a brand new project in partnership with Who Cares? Scotland funded with an award from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Caring Scotland is a far-reaching creative oral history project that will document the lives and experiences of at least 100 members of the Care Experienced community in Scotland over a three-year period. The project will result in a large-scale touring immersive experience, created by a team of artists, for audiences across Scotland, as well as an oral history sound archive housed in perpetuity at the National Library of Scotland.

Caring Scotland is conceived by playwright and socially engaged theatre-maker, Nicola McCartney, who has extensive knowledge of the Care Experienced community, as a member of the Children’s Panel and as a foster parent.  This project is a continuation of her creative practice and her ongoing research into the care system in Scotland. Nicola was commissioned in 2021 to create Holding/Holding On as part of our Care in Contemporary Scotland – A Creative Enquiry programme.

Nicola McCartney’s ongoing creative enquiry into Scotland’s care system follows on from the Independent Care Review published in 2020 and at its centre, The Promise, a commitment to implement change demanded by the review to ensure that all children grow up ‘loved, safe and respected'.

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Everyone wants to be heard but fewer it seems are willing to do the hard work of listening to another person

Nicola McCartney – RSE Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission.

About the The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the largest funder for the UK’s heritage. Using money raised by National Lottery players we support projects that connect people and communities to heritage. Our vision is for heritage to be valued, cared for and sustained for everyone, now and in the future. From historic buildings, our industrial legacy and the natural environment, to collections, traditions, stories and more. Heritage can be anything from the past that people value and want to pass on to future generations. We believe in the power of heritage to ignite the imagination, offer joy and inspiration, and to build pride in place and connection to the past.

Using money raised by National Lottery players, The National Lottery Heritage Fund supports projects that connect people and communities with the UK’s heritage. Caring Scotland is made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund.