Local Support Groups

Please find below information of local support groups around the country.

NORTH WEST

  • GAP (Grandparents as Parents) – support and campaigning group based in Blackpool. Visit www.grandparentsasparents.org.uk for more information.
  • Grandparents Group, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria – support group for all grandparents raising grandchildren which meets every Tuesday 10am-11:30am at Newbarns Children’s Centre. Contact Tracy Stoker on 07889 603843 or email tracy.stoker@actionforchildren.org.uk for details.
  • Grandparents Support – Manchester. Supports kinship carers and the wider family. Contact 07833384789 for more information or email grandparentsupport@hotmail.com.
  • Harbour Project – a voluntary support group for parents, families and friends who are affected by someone’s drug and alcohol misuse in Bolton. Contact 01204 62274 or email harbourproject@btinternet.com for more information.
  • Kinship carers Liverpool (formerly PADA) provides support to grandparents and family carers who are bringing up children due to their parents’ drug or alcohol use.  For more information Call Pauline Thornley on 0151 270 2108 from 10.00-6.00 Monday to Friday.
  • North West Kin-Kids is for grandparents, aunts, uncles or siblings who are raising family members due to any circumstances . We have a monthly meet up, trips out and we also meet up in school holidays for days out. We have a closed group page on Facebook called Northwestkinshipcarers. For more information email: northwest.kin.kids@gmail.com or contact Pam on 07449 935887.
  • PSS Family Impact – a project that supports children and young people aged up to 18, their parents, grandparents and other carers who are affected by parental drug and/or alcohol misuse. Call Nicola Donaghey on 0151 702 5577 for more information.
  • Sanctuary Family Support, Merseyside – support group for anyone affected by substance misuse which meets every week. Contact Maddie Vaz on 0151 735 0747 or email maddy@sanctuaryfs.org for details
  • Second Time Around Group, Carlisle – group for grandmothers, grandfathers, great aunts and uncles raising grandchildren or looking after them regularly. Meets on alternate Wednesdays at Carlisle West Children’s Centre. Contact Sheila on 01228 223417 or email sheila.graham@barnardos.org.uk for more details.
  • SPROG (Support in Pennine Raising Our Grandchildren) – support group based in Lancashire. Visit www.sprog.talktalk.net for details.
  • Wirral Bug – non-profit organisation run by grandparents for grandparents who look after their grandchildren full time. We are based in Wirral Merseyside and hold fortnightly support groups and organise day trip. For more information call Paula on 07905 587938.

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NORTH EAST

  • Bridges Stockton – provides group and individual support, counselling and respite breaks for grandparent and family carers affected by drug or alcohol misuse. For more information email bridges@ntlbusiness.com or call 01642 605222.
  • ESCAPE Family Support, Blyth – provides support to all kinship carers with 1:1 counselling, court support and advocacy, helpline, respite breaks, benefits and debt advice etc. Group meets bi-monthly – contact Lyndsey at lyndsey.hedley@escapefamilysupport.co.uk or call 01670 352700 for more information.
  • Newcastle Props – provides support to partners, carers and families affected by someone else’s drug use. Visit www.newcastleprops.org.uk or call 0191 226 3440.
  • SunderlandMore than Grandparents is an independent support and campaigning network led by and for grandparent kinship carers, particularly those who are caring for their grandchildren as a result of their parents’ substance misuse. For more information contact Kate on 0191 5493768 or Sue on 07813 109215 (email sue@suerobson.co.uk).

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YORKSHIRE AND HUMBERSIDE

  • Bridge Project – based in Bradford, the Bridge project runs two groups for family and friends carers raising children due to their parents drug use. Groups meet monthly on a Friday at the Bridge, 35 Salem Street, Bradford BD1 4QH. For more information call Mary on 01274 723863 or 01274 758095.
  • Carers Leeds – monthly support groups for family members and carers affected by an adult’s drug or alcohol misuse. The groups meet at Carers Leeds office at 6/8 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 6PT on the last Tuesday in the month (from 12 noon to 1.30pm) and the last Wednesday in the month (from 5.30pm to 7pm). For more information call 0113 246 8338.
  • GASPED – information and support to parents, families and carers affected by drug or alcohol misuse in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Visit www.gasped.org.uk or call 01924 787501 from 9am-4pm Monday to Friday. GASPED also run a 24 hour helpline on 0845 1460002.
  • George Hardwick Foundation Carers Centre, Grimsby – Support for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren because of substance misuse issues. A support group meets at the centre fortnightly on a Tuesday, at 154-160 Victoria Street, Grimsby. Contact Jacqui for more information on 0845 3025525 or email Jacqui@georgehardwickfoundation.org.
  • North Yorkshire Family and Carers’ Service, Thirsk – A weekly support group for people caring for someone because of drug or alcohol problems in the family. Contact Carol for more information on 01845 522 554 or call the freephone helpline on 0800 731 6338.
  • Rotherham Support Group – Meetings take place Mondays 11-1 at Carers Corner, 2 Drummond St, Rotherham Town Centre. Children welcome and private office space available if you need to speak confidentially. For more information email KFCG-Rotherham@hotmail.co.uk.
  • York Carers Centre – gives help to unpaid carers living or caring for someone in York. Information and advice can be given over the phone, at the office, or they can arrange to see carers at home. All carers registered with the Centre receive a regular newsletter and discounts at local businesses. They can also use the Carers Emergency Card scheme and attend occasional social events and activities. For more information visit www.yorkcarerscentre.co.uk or call 01904 715490.

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EAST MIDLANDS

  • Hetty’s – based in Nottinghamshire, Hetty’s supports families and friends who are concerned about someone else’s drug or alcohol use. Visit www.hettys.org.uk or call 08000 850 941 for confidential support and advice or contact Craig at craig.knowles@hettys.org.uk
  • Kinship Carers Support Group, Lincolnshire – run by kinship carers for kinship carers, contact Irene on 07502475202 or email kinshipcarelincolnshire@rocketmail.com for details.
  • Northants Grandparent and Kinship support group – for all family and friends carers, including grandparents. Meets monthly at Headlands Children’s Centre, alternating between daytime and evening. Contact Tess James on 01604 367599 or email TJames@northamptonshire.gov.uk for details.
  • SPODA – based in Chesterfield and covering the whole of Derbyshire, SPODA offers support, advice and group meetings to parents, partners, kinship carers, families and friends affected by someone else’s drug use. Email admin@spoda.co.uk, visit www.spoda.org.uk or call 0800 068 5718.
  • The Oasis Project – a charity based in Lincolnshire that provides confidential support to parents, kinship carers, families and friends of drug and alcohol users. The staff offers caring and friendly support based on personal experiences and services include 24 hour confidential telephone support, self-help and group meetings, presentations on drug awareness, bereavement support and resilience work. Contact the helpline on 07900 013041, email oasislincs@hotmail.com or contact Linda at oasislincs_linda@hotmail.com for more information.

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WEST MIDLANDS

  • Kidderminister Kinship Carers Group – meet on the second Wednesday of every month from 9.30-11.30am. Contact Enza for details on 07714 531802 or email KinshipCarers.Org@mail.com.
  • Worcestershire Kinship Carers Group – meet on the second Tuesday of every month from 9.30-11.30am. Contact Enza for details on 07714 531802 or email KinshipCarers.Org@mail.com.

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EAST OF ENGLAND

  • Cambridge Kinship Carers – group meets monthly at Bewick Bridge Primary School, pre-school children welcome. Contact Annabel for details – email familykcc@gmail.com or call 01223 508772.
  • Cambridge Kinship United – Meet at Nutfield Children’s Centre on the second Thursday of each month. Contact Seigi on 1223700717 or email siege.deakin1@hotmail.co.uk for details.
  • Grandparents’ Group, Beccles, Suffolk – Dedicated session for all grandparents and their grandchildren held at Beccles Library in partnership with Butterflies Children’s Centre. The group meets every Wednesday morning between 9.45am and 11.15am and is run on a drop in basis. Contact Beccles Library on 01502 714073 for more details.
  • Kinship Carers Cambridgeshire – If you are a kinship carer, bringing up a child who is not your own, please come and join our support group, for carers just like you. You are invited to drop in for coffee and chat. Meet monthly 9:30-11:30 at Cherry Hinton Children’s Centre, Fulbourn, Old Drift Cherry Hinton, CB1 9ND. Pre school children are welcome. Please contact Annabel for more information at familykcc@gmail.com.
  • Second Generation – support for all family and friends carers including grandparents who are raising their grandchildren on a full time basis in Peterborough. The group meets from 10.30-12.30 on Wednesdays, term time only. Contact Chris Leaves for more information on 01733 751 531.
  • Waltham Abbey – support group for all family and friends carers held at Hazelwood’s Children’s Centre, every Thursday during term time, from 9.30-11.30am. Contact Chris for more information on 01733 751 531.
  • Wisbech Kinship Carers Group – meet on the second Tuesday each month from 9.30-11.30am. Contact Chris for details on 01733 751 531.

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SOUTH EAST

  • Community First – New Forest. Monthly meetings at various locations in New Forest. Meetings are informal and give the chance to exchange experiences over a cup of coffee.  For more information see the Community First website here or email Carol at CYPServices@cfnf.org.uk.
  • Family and Friends Group, Brighton – support group meeting monthly. Contact Melanie Rowland on 01273 295 444 or email Melanie.Rowland@brighton-hove.gov.uk for more details.
  • Getting to Know You – Kent. Run as a baby & toddler group for grandparents who care for under 5s. Contact Lindsay for more details at lindsay.west@kent.gov.uk or call 01233 641156.
  • Kinship Carers, Canterbury. For more information email kinship.carers.support.group@googlemail.com or call Cassie on 07876596261.
  • Milton Keynes Grandparents Group – The group focuses on providing support to Grandparents who are looking after their Grandchildren, although other Kinship Carers are always welcome. We provide support to Grandparents and other Kinship Carers experiencing dealings with their Local Authority or/and having experienced Court Proceedings for Special Guardianship, Care, Residence or Contact Orders Contact Karon on 01525 753422 or email grandparent.sg@ntlworld.com or website www.grandparentsupportgroup.org.uk
  • Redhill (East Surrey) Support Group - Meets every month, for more information contact Vicky Brady at Vicky.brady@sabp.nhs.uk or call 0188 338 8307
  • Support for Family and Friends Carers – Battle, East Sussex. Group for any main carer for someone else’s child (any relative or friend). Meets on the second Wednesday of each month at Battle Baptist Church. Contact Mel at the Family Plus Team on 01323 463010 or email mel.sorrenti@eastsussex.gov.uk for details.
  • Support Group – Harlow. Are you or do you know someone who is raising their grandchildren full time? Would you like to meet other Grandparent carers or get advice on care orders, benefits or just someone to talk to? For more details call Louise on 01279 428040 or email louise.baker@grandparents-association.org.uk.
  • West Sussex – support service for informal family carers. Includes information and advice, signposting, groups and monthly drop-in sessions. Contact Lisa on 01243 642650 or email informalfamilycare@westsussex.gov.uk for more information.

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SOUTH WEST

  • Friends of Special Guardians – Cornwall. Facilitate groups throughout Cornwall on a monthly basis. Supporting families and children with Special Guardianship Orders and Residence Orders. Meetings take place in the morning. For more information email info@specialguardian.co.uk or call 033 121 0144. Visit full website at: www.specialguardian.co.uk
  • Parents Again Support Group – Plymouth. Support for all grandparents raising grandchildren. Contact Gordon at gordonrawlins963@gmail.com for more information.

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WALES

  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Network, Cardiff – for any grandparents or other relatives caring full-time for their grandchildren regardless of the reason why, or the age of the child or children. The group meets once a month on a weekday morning at Unite, 1 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9SD. For more information, contact Lee Dirkzwager at grgsupportcardiff@hotmail.com or call 07759 241720 or 07875 732337.
  • Newport Grandparents Support Group – Meets the first Friday of every month at Beechwood House, Beechwood Park, Christchurch Road, Newport, NP19 8AJ. Contact Leonora Hollington at Leonora_rowles@hotmail.com or call 01633 815979 for more information.

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NATIONAL

  • The Family Rights Group has a list of groups that they have been informed about on their website. FRG do not run groups but they offer free consultancy support to assist carers or organisations wishing to set up a support group for family and friends carers. Please see their website at www.frg.org.uk for more information.
  • The Grandparents’ Association runs groups for grandparents, including those raising grandchildren,across the country. Please see their website at www.grandparents-association.org.uk for more information.
  • Siblings Together – ‘Siblings Together’ is an initiative dedicated towards promoting positive contact between siblings separated by care. It aims to provide opportunities for planned, enjoyable, high quality contact. This is achieved initially through holiday camps, with the additional aims of building foundations for continued contact and educating a generation of social workers about the importance of sibling family contact. For more information visit www.siblingstogether.org.uk or call Delma on 020 7231 6925.
  • Family Holiday Association – the only charity in the UK that specialises in helping provide holidays for families and children in need. For more information visit www.fhaonline.org.uk or call 020 7436 3304 (general enquiries line).

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