Edges of Care

The Edges of Care work group will understand what happens at each end of Scotland’s ‘care system’ – the points that infants, children and young people are taken into care and the points that they leave care.

Co-chairs

Ewan Aitken

Ewan is CEO of Cyrenians, a homelessness charity which supports people excluded from family, home, work or community. A former Convener of Education and Leader of Edinburgh City Council and CoSLA spokesperson on Education, Ewan has over 30 years’ experience in the Public and third sectors.

He founded the National Prison Visitor Centre Steering group, the Ripple Project, the Youth Bus Trust and two Credit Unions. He is a member of Midlothian Integrated Joint Board and a Council member of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, chairing its Inspiring Communities Network.

Ewan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, board member of the Ripple Project, a member of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland city deal regional enterprise council, and former Chair of BBC Children in Need Scotland Grants Committee. He’s an advisor to Circle Scotland and was a member of the CoSLA Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy. He was awarded the 2018 SCVO Charity Awards Leading Light Award.

Sylvia Douglas

With a background in mental health and social work, Sylvia is the founding director of MsMissMrs CIC, a social enterprise founded in 2014 and all in existence to serve women and girls who have travelled a difficult journey to become the leaders in their own lives.

Having spent much of her young life living in children’s homes, leaving school with no education and becoming a mum at 15, Sylvia is focused on supporting change for others.

In 2019, Sylvia was named in The Big Issue’s Changemakers Top 100, which celebrates “thinkers, creators and agitators”.

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