Network Events

Through the Grandparents Plus Support Network, Grandparents Plus runs regular events to give grandparents and other full-time carers the opportunity to meet each other and to access information and explore solutions to problems. Thanks to the support of the Big Lottery Fund a national day for Network members is organised annually with smaller local events taking place around the country.

Forthcoming events

Past events

  • London, March 2014
    Around 50 kinship carers joined us at Toynbee Hall in Tower Hamlets on 27 March. Speakers at the event included kinship carer Robert Gilburt, who shared his story; Nigel Ellis, Executive Director from the Local Government Ombudsman; Livia Culiceanu, Practice Manager from the Recruitment and Assessment Team; and Kathy Nuza, Group Conferencing Service Manager, both from Tower Hamlets. Once again we held workshops on ‘Managing anger in kinship children’, ‘Managing your own emotions in raising your kinship children’ and ‘Understanding trauma and attachment’. Presentations from the day are available to download:

  • Liverpool, December 2013
    Just over 100 kinship carers and professionals from Liverpool and the North West attended this event held at Liverpool Football Club. Attendees could choose two out of six workshops to attend. The workshops were designed to help kinship carers with raising their kinship children and included topics on : ‘Anger Management in Kinship Children’; ‘Managing Your Own Emotions in Raising Your Kinship Children’; ‘Understanding Trauma and Attachment’; and  ‘Drug and Alcohol Addiction: Breaking The Cycle For The Next Generation’. There was also a workshop on ‘Financial Support for Kinship Carers’ and another for professionals on ‘Sharing Best Practice to Support Kinship Carers in Times of Austerity’.  Speakers and workshop leaders included Bernie Brown, Assistant Director of Children’s Services Liverpool, and Nigel Priestly from Ridley and Hall Solicitors.
  • Celebration Days 2013
    Two celebration days took place which were attended by 400 kinship carers. Fun was had at Gulliver’s Land in Milton Keynes and Gulliver’s World in Warrington
  • Leeds, April 2013
    Up to 90 kinship carers and professionals from across Yorkshire attended this event organised by Grandparents Plus in partnership with The Grandparents Association. The event included four workshops which were designed to help kinship carers with raising their kinship children: ‘Anger Management in Children’; ‘Managing Your Own Emotions In Raising Your Kinship Children’; ‘Dealing With Contact’; and Understanding Attachment’. There was also a workshop on ‘Financial Support for Kinship Carers’ and another for professionals on ‘Sharing Best Practice to Support Kinship Carers In Times of Austerity’. Speakers and workshop leaders included Steve Walker, the Deputy Director of Leeds Children’s Services and Nigel Priestly and Rebecca Chapman from Ridley and Hall Solicitors.
  • Celebration Day 2012
    Nearly 200 kinship carers and their children had a fun day out at Gulliver’s Land, near Milton Keynes in a celebration to end our Month of Action.
  • Kinship Carers’ Summit 2012
    40 kinship carers were brought together with local and national politicians in Westminster, London. The summit was held on behalf of the Kinship Care Alliance as part of the Month of Action on Kinship care. The summit was attended by Tim Loughton MP, then Minister for Children and Families, and Cllr David Simmonds, Chair of the LGA Children and Young Peoples Board, as well as several council members with responsibility for children’s services.
  • Manchester, January 2012
    Around 60 kinship carers and professionals from across the north west attended this event, organised with the Valuing Older People Team from Manchester City Council. Workshops included the legal options for kinship carers, benefits advice, campaigning skills and what local authorities should be doing regarding kinship care policies.
  • Newcastle, June 2011
    Grandparents Plus organised an event in partnership with Newcastle Props, Sunderland More Than Grandparents, Escape Blyth, Families First Middlesbrough and Bridges Stockton. Around 50 family and friends carers and professionals gathered at the Assembly Rooms in central Newcastle, with speakers including top solicitor Nigel Priestley from Ridley and Hall, Meg Boustead, Head of Safeguarding at Sunderland Social Services and Kay Duffie, Chair of the North East Carers Forum.
  • National Day 2010
    In October 2010 over 120 carers and their children helped launch a new campaign,
    ‘What if we said no?’, in London. Network members met with MPs and other speakers and heard personal stories from grandparent carers while the children enjoyed a special party, which helped to give our Network members some respite from their caring duties.

You can take a look at some photos of the day on our Facebook page here

Read more about the event in our Newsletter here

Support the ‘What if we said no?’ campaign here

  • London, September 2010
    London event organised with Adfam, which was attended by around 50 family and friends carers and professionals.

  • National Day 2009
    In October 2009 we worked with our partners in the Kinship Care Alliance to organise a lobby of parliament for members of our Network. Click here for more information.
  • Tower Hamlets, London, May 2009
    Tower Hamlets event, held at the Brady Centre in Whitechapel, east London.
  • Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, February 2009
    Organised in partnership with Hetty’s.
  • The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Network launch event took place in Liverpool on 7 March 2008, where130 grandparents called for a universal non-means tested benefit to be paid for each child being raised by a grandparent.

We also hold research seminars and stakeholder events.