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

New Milestone for Kinship Care Advice Line

Our advice line for kinship carers is celebrating a milestone this week, having now helped over 7,500 families.Read more

New service launched for local authorities supporting kinship carers

We’re delighted to announce our new kinship care support service for local authorities is now available to be commissioned.Read more

Grandparents Plus response to the Foster Care in England Review

Grandparents Plus welcomes the focus on achieving permanent homes for children who can’t live with their parents represented throughout the Foster Care in England review.Read more

National Conference Shines Light on Kinship Care

We welcomed over 100 kinship carers, professionals, academics and charity representatives to our national kinship care conference last week.Read more

Join us at our Reimagining Kinship Care Conference

Grandparents Plus and Family Lives are pleased to present our Reimagining Kinship Care Conference which will address the urgent need to focus attention on kinship care.Read more

Vote for us in the Aviva Community Awards!

We need your votes to help us win £25,000 towards helping kinship carers in the North East.Read more

Intergenerational walking routes launched for Grandparents Day

We've teamed up with the Ramblers to offer a series of intergenerational walking routes this Grandparents Day.Read more

New campaign launched to raise awareness of kinship care

We've launched a new campaign with Family Lives to raise awareness of the 200,000 children in kinship care.Read more

1m working mothers relying on grandparents to help with childcare

We're calling for more support for grandparents, as our new poll shows that 93% of families receive some kind of help with childcare.Read more

New programme to help isolated kinship carers launches

The Relative Experience Programme launches in North London, thanks to National Lottery funding through the Big Lottery Fund.Read more

Emma Lewell-Buck MP visits carers taking part in groundbreaking project

Shadow minister for children and families Emma Lewell-Buck MP paid a visit to one of the country’s most underrepresented carer groups at a meeting in her constituency.Read more

Groundbreaking project reaches 500th kinship carer

Support groups in the North East have helped the Relative Experience Programme reach a new milestone – supporting its 500th carer.Read more

New Year bonus for family and friend carers raising children in the UK

National charity Grandparents Plus has been awarded £250,000 by players of People’s Postcode Lottery to support some of the country’s most vulnerable families.Read more

Paul and Sue Rutherford have won their appeal over the bedroom tax

Grandparents Plus welcomes the news that kinship carers Paul and Sue Rutherford have won their appeal over the bedroom tax."We are delighted to hear that grandparent carers Paul and Sue Rutherford have won their case in the Supreme Court".Read more

North East’s kinship carers gather to celebrate groundbreaking project

A groundbreaking project supporting grandparents and other family members who are raising a relative’s child (as ‘kinship carers’) across the North East of England was celebrated at an event in Newcastle yesterday, ahead of a new bid to expand the project across the country.Read more

Grandparents Plus welcomes proposals in the Children and Social Work Bill

Grandparents Plus welcomes proposals in the Children and Social Work Bill to improve support for looked after children and calls for support to be extended to children growing up in kinship care.Read more

Let’s not forget the hidden army of kinship carers

‘Let’s not forget the hidden army of kinship carers’ Grandparents Plus comments on new figures released by Age UK.Read more