Introducing Care Day 2024!

Care Day 2024 will be celebrated across the world on Friday 16th February. Each year EPIC Care Community and Youth Council members develop a Care Day theme, and for their 2024 celebration they have chosen “I am what I choose to become”. 

On the EPIC Youth Councils, there is a diversity of talent and interest. From aspiring nurses, paramedics and social care workers to Lego enthusiasts, creatives, and footballers, as well as young people who have embarked on careers as teachers, social workers, and digital marketers. These inspirational young people have overcome challenges and are embracing their future. For #CareDay24, they want to focus on other children in care and send a strong message – aim high, dream big, and reach for your goals.

Care Day was established in February 2016 as a day to celebrate the positive experiences and contributions of children and young people in care or with care experience. It began in Ireland and the UK as a joint initiative across five children’s rights charities, including Become (England), Who Cares? Scotland, Voices from Care (Wales), Voice of Young People in Care (Northern Ireland), and EPIC. EPIC’s Care Day celebration is done in partnership with Tusla and is funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth – both of whom we thank for the continued support of this important day!

We hope you join us this year, in celebration of our care-experienced community!

 

Virtual Participation Events!

Care Day Space Decorators: Show us how you celebrate Care Day! Share a photo or video of your decorated space with us by Wednesday 21st February and include some information about your display.

The Care Day Lyric Jam: Write lyrics for a rap or a spoken word poem on the theme, I am what I choose to become.

Send us your entry with your first name and age and ‘Lyric Jam’ in the subject line by 5pm on Thursday 8 February.

You can also make a voice recording of you preforming your rap/poem and we will share it on our social media channels for Care Day.

Care Day Art Challenge: Make a collage on the theme, “I am what I choose to become”.

A collage is a piece of art made by sticking different different materials, like photographs and pieces of paper or fabric, on to a piece of paper.

Include a short-written piece about your collage and remember to let us know your first name and age. Deadline for entries is Tuesday 13 February at 5pm.

Email entries to participation@epiconline.ie or post them to EPIC, Empowering People in Care, 7 Red Cow Lane, Smithfield, Dublin 7. For the Care Day Art Challenge, please send a scan your art if sending by email. If you have any questions, get in touch! You can WhatsApp the Youth Engagement team on 083 433 6447. Alternatively, tag us on social media on Care Day and we will share your creations!

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