Grandparents Plus has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund to develop the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Network.
Across the country, it’s estimated that 200,000 grandparents and family carers are raising their grandchildren as a result of their parents’ drug or alcohol misuse, imprisonment, mental health problems, disability or bereavement. These grandparents and family carers ensure that children stay within their families, providing the essential care, love and support they need. However, the grandparents and family carers themselves can often feel isolated and stigmatised, ignored by government policy and practice.
The GRG Network brings together grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and other family and friends carers to give them a voice, to share experiences, to find solutions and to tell government, children’s services, the NHS, drug and alcohol agencies and others what needs to change.
We do this by running local, regional and national events for all family and friends carers, through our newsletter Grandparents First, through this website, and by joining forces with other groups to make our voice heard.
Join the Grandparents Raising Children Network here.
NEW family and friends care statutory guidance
We’ve produced a handy checklist of 10 questions to ask your local authority about the new guidance for family and friends care. You can download a copy here.
Remember to let us know how you get on! Contact Alison, our Network Co-ordinator here.
You can download a full copy of the guidance here.