We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the loss of our dear friend Bella McOuat who died suddenly on the 1st January 2023. Bella was a much loved long term member of Youth Just Us, who used her lived experience to improve the lives of other care and justice experienced young people. Over the past couple of years she has become a firm friend to many here at Staf, and in particular to her fellow Youth Just Us members and will be hugely missed by all. Her recent involvement at our National Conference was testament to Bella’s passion and the journey she has been on, being able to share her views on the value of friendship. We are so grateful to have witnessed her desire for change in action. Her beautifully written and heartfelt blog on the John Lewis Christmas ad was so well received and again, demonstrated just how much she had to give.  
We would like to pass on our thoughts and sincere condolences to Bella’s husband John, her son James and all those who knew her. Shine bright Bella. Thank you for being such a star.  
If you would like to contribute to the Go Fund Me page which is raising money towards Bella’s funeral costs, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/bella-mcouat 

We would also like to thank Meningitis Now for being a huge support for Bella’s family during this very difficult time.