Month of Action: June 2012

In June 2012, kinship carers across the country from Dumfries to Northampton and Cardiff to Cambridge organised events, met with politicians and appeared on local media to raise awareness about the needs of children in kinship care and lobby for more support.

Highlights included a National Summit for Family and Friends Carers at Westminster on 12 June and a national celebration day on 30 June at Gulliver’s Land for nearly 200 kinship carers and children. Read more about local events below.

It’s not too late for you to get involved: Download our action guide here.

or take two minutes to lobby your council here.

Map of events nationwide during June

View Grandparents Plus Month of Action for Kinship Care in a larger map

(Many thanks to network member, Karen, for creating this.)

List of June events

Julie Myers with Councillor Darren O' Donovan at Dewsbury Town Hall

Wed 6th June Kinship Carer, Julie Myers, met politicians in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, to raise awareness about the number of children in kinship care. She headlined on BBC TV News – Look North – and on BBC Radio Leeds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thurs 7th June Escape Family Support in Blyth Valley, Northumberland held a get together for kinship carers in a soft play area.

Tim Loughton MP, Sam Smethers and David Simmonds at Kinship Carers Summit

Tues 12th June: National Summit for Family and Friends Carers Grandparents Plus brought together kinship carers with local and national politicians in Westminster. Tim Loughton, Minister for Families and Children and David Simmonds, Chair of LGA Children and Families Board attended. Click here for more details and to see photos

 

 

 

Jubilee lunch in Peterborough organised by The Second Time Around Support Group

Wed 13th June Second Generation Peterborough held a Jubilee Lunch to raise awareness about kinship care at Alwalton village Post office. Several Councillors attended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed 13th June The All Party Parliamentary Group for Children in Care held a meeting for children in Kinship Care organised by The Who Cares? Trust.

Wed 13th June Relationships Scotland promoted the story of Tilly, a grandmother raising grandchildren, as part of their Connecting Generations campaign using the twitter hashtag: #theyregrand. Watch her video here.

Wed 20th June & Thurs 21st June Grandparents Plus was at Happy and Healthy in the “Capital: Celebrating Older Londoners” event organised by Age UK London. We held two seminars on the contribution of grandparents to childcare from 2.10pm-2.45pm each day.

Thurs 21st June Cambridge Kinship Carers Support Group are held a teddy bear’s picnic at their support group meeting in Cherry Hinton. Their picture appeared in the Cambridge News, view it here.

Sat 23rd June (11am-2pm) Second Time Around Group Support in Carlisle is organised a Teddy Bears’ Picnic with bric-a-brac, nail painting, tombola and penalty shoot out at Chances Park Wigton Road, Carlisle.

Sat 23rd June (1pm) Dumfries Kindred Spirits Support Group held a Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Maibie Forest, nr Dumfries. Contact Tulip Rippingale: tuliprippingale@hotmail.com

 

Sun 24th June (12noon) Northants Grandparent and Kinship Support Group held a Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Abbington Park, Northampton nr Bandstand. Robert, a Grandparent Carer appeared on local BBC radio. Contact Roisin: ROHare@northamptonshire.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

Sun 24th June Cambridge Kinship Care held an awareness raising stall at the Fulburne Feast festival at Fulbourn Recreation Ground. Contact Annabel:familykcc@gmail.com

Mon 25th June (10.30am) Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Network, Cardiff brought together kinship carers and politicians for a coffee morning at Cardiff City Hall. Kinship carer, Lee, appeared on BBC Good Morning Wales.  Contact: Rachel.Kelly@actionforchildren.org.uk

Fun was had by all at Gulliver's Land

Sat 30th June: Celebration Day for Kinship Carers in Gulliver’s Land near Milton Keynes organised by Grandparents Plus. Nearly 200 kinship carers and their children caught up with old friends and made new ones.

 

 

Action Ideas:

Our Local Action Guide designed for kinship carers (family and friends carers) and their friends and supporters at a local level, especially support group coordinators, to help you raise awareness and campaign for more support for kinship carers. The guide includes information about:

  • organising a photo opportunity
  • raising awareness in your local media
  • meeting with your councillor or MP and ideas about what you could ask them

You can download action guide here.

Download an A3 poster to use at your event here

Write to your local paper

This is a great way of highlighting the massive contribution you and other family and friends carers make to society. To make it easier we’ve written a template letter for you to send or adapt.

  • Remember to sign your name and add your address to the bottom of the letter (you can write: “Address not for publication”).
  • Then send the letter to your local newspaper. You can find the contact details of your local newspaper here: www.mediauk.com/newspapers or call us on 020 8981 8001

Download template letter here.