Argyll and Bute's Children's Champions

Argyll and Bute's Children's Champions - and Who Cares? Scotland  -  here to help

Argyll and Bute's Children's Champions are committed to helping improve the lives of all our Care Experienced children and young people, they would love to hear from you about anything they can do to help transform Argyll and Bute's Care System and #KeepThePromise 

You can contact a Children's Champion using our online form.

Councillor Mary Jean Devon

Councillor Mary Jean Devon

My name is Mary-Jean Devon and I live in Tobermory also known as “Balamory” where I have also starred in the TV series with Spencer.  I moved from the Isle-of–Mull to live in Canada and worked there for 10 years however I am very patriotic about Scotland and moved back to my home town of Tobermory.   I have been a Councillor for 15 years and currently the Councillor for Oban South and the Isles, a Children’s Champion and Chair of the Corporate Parenting Board. 

In my  role as a Children’s Champion and Chair of the Board, I have worked alongside many Care Experienced Young People and supported them with many matters.  I feel very privileged to be a Children’s Champion and Chair of the Board and I am very passionate about the care of our young people.   I would like our young people to know that we are very accessible and would encourage them to contact us if they have any questions, concerns or matters they would like support with.   As a Children’s Champion we are here to listen and help you where we can.



Councillor Audrey Forrest

Councillor Audrey ForrestMy name is Audrey Forrest and I am the Children’s Champion for Bute and Cowal. I live in Dunoon where I grew up and went to school. Before I was elected, I worked in Mental Health as an advocate for those using the system and as a trainer in Mental Health subjects. I am passionate about all aspects of mental health care. I have a daughter who works in Early Years Education in Glasgow. I like to read-especially history-and write poetry. I also love music of all different types and have played guitar and keyboard over the years. I am hoping to travel a bit again when things open up-mainly in Scotland as it is so lovely and I haven’t explored nearly enough of it!



Councillor Anne Horn

Councillor Anne HornMy name is Anne and I live in Tarbert. I enjoy being involved with the Tarbert After School Care, forest schools at Tarbert Castle and Befrienders.
It’s absolutely essential that young people are included in how Council services should be implemented to ensure the policies reflect the needs and aspirations of our young people, particularly those who are cared for.
As a Corporate Parenting Board we must listen louder to hear the message you give us.



Councillor Graham Archibald Hardie

Councillor Graham HardieMy name is Graham Hardie and I was brought up in Helensburgh and schooled at The Glasgow Academy. I received an MA Honours degree in Sociology and Social Policy from Glasgow University in 1997. I have held several jobs including a youth worker and support worker in the care sector as well as teaching English in Romania and owned my own gardening business. At present I am a Liberal Democrat councillor representing the ward of Helensburgh Central on Argyll and Bute Council. I am a Company Director for LiveArgyll, a board member of Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT), a member of the Area committee for Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) and I sit on the local Valuation Board. At the council I am the Deputy Policy lead for Health and Social Care as well as being a Children’s Champion. Finally I am also the Convenor of the Dumbarton branch of the Liberal Democrats. My home is in Cardross with my wife and two cats and young Labrador.


Independent advocacy for Care Experienced children and young people in Argyll and Bute

 Hello Are you a care experienced young person from Argyll & Bute? Want to have a say about decisions that affect your life? Struggling to be heard and need help to speak up? Our Independent Advocacy can help you

 What is independent advocacy?

Independent advocacy supports you to have your voice heard and share your views with
other people. Our workers will work for you and nobody else involved in your meetings.
We can help you:
• Prepare for meetings, including Children’s Hearings
• Work out what you want to say and how you want to share your views
• Get information and explore your options
• Make sure you are fully involved when decisions are made about your life
• By speaking on your behalf, if you find it difficult or choose not to speak

See the video we have produced about how we support you through children's hearings

Contact us

For more information contact:

Jamie: 07712 870 328

Heather: 07769 325 000

Pamela  07739 078 244

Or you can make a referral directly to

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