Top tips for surviving the summer holidays

The summer holidays can be a challenging time for Kinship Carers who are trying to live on a limited budget, so we've pulled together lots of ideas for ways the whole family can have fun without breaking the bank. Read more

Kinship carer is £12,000 better off after speaking to our advice team

One of our kinship carers has received a backdated payment of £2,400 and is better off by £10,400 per year. Read more

Kinship carers, please complete our survey

Our annual survey is an opportunity for all kinship carers to help us develop our services and fight for improvements in support for kinship families. Please complete by 30 June. Read more

Changes to Universal Credit and Pension Credit for mixed age couples

Changes to benefits may have implications for mixed age couples, where one person is over pension age and the other is under pension age. Read more

March News

Your monthly update with news from our ongoing work with the Kinship Care Parliamentary Taskforce, local kinship carers getting the recognition they deserve, plus how you can get involved through volunteering or sharing your story. Read more

Holidays for kinship carers

Becoming a new family can be an extremely stressful time. A short break can make a huge difference to a kinship family. Are you eligible for a holiday provided by The Family Holiday Association? Read more

February news

Catch up with all the latest kinship care news here, including a new funding opportunity for support groups and what we've been up to in Westminster. Read more

Changes to child tax credit and pension credit for kinship carers

There may be changes to the tax credits you receive if you are a kinship carer of pension age. Read more

January news

A bumper update to welcome in the new year. We've got all the news of what we've been up to, plus plenty of ways you can get involved. Read more

A look back at 2018

Time to celebrate a fantastic year for Grandparents Plus, as well as all our supporters, with some highlights from 2018. Read more

December news

It's been a busy and exciting year for Grandparents Plus. We're grateful to all kinship carers, for your continued support, as well as the fantastic job you do raising the children you care for. Read more

November news

Good news about the two child limit on tax credits, a blog to read if you've ever felt alone with the stresses of kinship care, and information on contacting our advice services online. Read more

New project launched to help kinship care families get active in Teesside

We're delighted to be launching a new project to help kinship care families get active in Teesside. Read more

Kinship Care Celebration Day

Kinship care families enjoyed a fun days out across the country as part of our annual Kinship Care Celebration Day Read more

What if the worst should happen?

New poll shows British parents want more state support for relatives who'll care if they can't Read more

July news

While the sun's been shining, we've been turning up the heat when it comes to fighting for better support for kinship carers - find out about some of the amazing work carers have been doing alongside us below. Plus your chance to get your kinship care questions answered when our advice team take over the Grandparents Plus Facebook page. Read more

June news

This month we're celebrating #VolunteersWeek and we've got some exciting new roles for you. Plus our survey is still open, giving you the chance to have your say on kinship care. Read more

May news

It's time to tell us about your experience of kinship care in our annual State of the Nation Survey. Plus tickets to a self-care masterclass and a look at life for kinship carers Sandra and Russell. Read more

New funding to support kinship carers announced!

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. Read more

Response to LGSCO Report on Special Guardianship Support

Grandparents Plus welcomes the report published today by the Local Government Ombudsman. Read more

New Survey Highlights Financial Hardship Facing Kinship Carers

A new survey of over 500 kinship carers – grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members and friends who’ve taken on care of children who aren’t able to live with their parents – has revealed that as many as 94% say caring has caused financial hardship, despite many stepping in to keep children out of the local authority care system. Read more

Kinship Connected launching in eight London boroughs

We're excited to be launching our new support service for kinship carers, Kinship Connected, in a quarter of London boroughs. Read more

March news

Our monthly update with interviews from two award nominated kinship carers, and how to book your place at our Masterclasses. Read more