We’re delighted that Grandparents Plus has been selected to take part in the Connected Communities Innovation Fund to continue our work supporting and empowering kinship carers.

The fund, which is a partnership between Nesta and the Office for Civil Society at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, recognises the best innovations that mobilise people’s time and talents through volunteering and social action.

Kate O’Brien, Director of Programmes and Business Development at Grandparents Plus, said:

We’re extremely excited to be part of the Connected Communities Innovation Fund. We know from experience that empowering kinship carers to help each other through support groups and volunteering has a really positive impact on the lives of so many families. This funding enables us to build on our successful approach of working with kinship carers to set up peer support groups and to work towards our vision of groups being available across the country.

We’ll be announcing more details soon but this project will allow us to work in partnership with kinship carers to try new and innovative ways to reach more people who need support, both in person and online. We’re excited to get started.

To find out more about the Connected Communities fund, visit: http://www.nesta.org.uk/connected-communities-innovation-fund-meet-grantees