Who we are and what we do

Grandparents Plus was founded  by Jean Stogdon and the famous social entrepreneur, Lord Young of Dartington who also founded the Open University, the Consumers Association and many other organisations. “My last and possibly my best…” he said of Grandparents Plus.

In 1957 Michael Young famously co-authored Family and Kinship in East London. Located in the heart of London’s East End, Grandparents Plus keeps the spirit of this text alive by championing the role of grandparents and the wider family in children’s lives.

You can find out more about Michael Young’s work here

Grandparents Plus is the national charity (England and Wales) which champions the vital role of grandparents and the wider family in children’s lives – especially when they take on the caring role in difficult family circumstances. We do this because we want to make children’s lives better.

  • Campaigning for change so that their contribution to children’s wellbeing and care is valued and understood
  • Providing evidence, policy solutions and training so that they get the services and support they need to help children thrive
  • Advising and supporting grandparents and wider family members to ensure they have access to a holistic service, offering them professional advice, information and casework support; and by ensuring that they can have a voice and help each other, especially when they are caring for children who are not living with their parents.
  • Advising, informing and supporting professionals to develop good kinship care practice and advising employers about how they can respond to the needs of their ageing workforces.


We are grateful for the current support of:

The Big Lottery Fund
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
The John Ellerman Foundation
The Mulberry Trust
The Tudor Trust
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Garfield Weston Foundation
Headley Trust
The Rayne Foundation
Network for Social Change
Santander Foundation

and the many other generous funders who continue to make our work possible.