#KinshipCareWeek: 5-11 October 2020
Kinship Care Week is just around the corner! It’s our chance to celebrate kinship families, raise awareness of the role of kinship carers and say a big, public THANK YOU!
This year, we will be celebrating with our kinship community, online. We will be sharing media stories about kinship care and asking kinship carers and organisations to get involved in some fun awareness-raising activities on social media. So head over to Facebook and Twitter now and make sure you are following Grandparents Plus. Please remember to use #KinshipCareWeek and we’d love kinship families to also use #ProudKinshipFamily because we are so proud of you and what you do for your children.
There are some useful resources to download at the bottom of this page – like facebook posts, posters and Kinship Care Week banners, and if you haven’t already, please join our Kinship Community to get all the latest updates.
What’s on? Here are just some of the virtual events you can get involved in during the week
Monday 5 Oct
Watch our new animated film on social media
We want everyone to know and understand what kinship care is and why kinship carers need support. Our new film aims to do just that, so keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter and please like, comment and share it.
Tuesday 6 October
10.00 – 12.00 Advice Service answering your questions live on Facebook
Expert information and guidance on the issues that matter most to kinship carers. Our advice team – Kathy, Nicola, Heather and Alison – will be answering all your questions on your rights, benefits, employment, housing, education, social care, support with grant applications and emotional support. If you have questions or concerns, put this date in your diary and join our friendly advisors online. If you can’t make that date, get in touch with them here.
Wed 7 October
12.00 – 12.45 Life as a kinship carer in 2020 – a webinar exploring the findings of the Grandparents Plus annual survey of kinship carers
Join Grandparents Plus this Kinship Care Week as Paul McGrath, Policy and Practice Advisor, takes you through key findings from the largest annual survey of kinship carers across the England and Wales. The webinar will give in-depth insight into the lives of kinship carers and some of the very real challenges they currently face. This webinar is open to everyone and is recommended for all professionals who come into contact with kinship carers. Kinship carers are especially welcome to attend. Book your free place here.
Thur 8 October
11.00 am via Zoom – Your legal questions answered
The kinship team at Ridley & Hall Solicitors will be discussing legal problems experienced by kinship carers and providing some guidance and advice to ease the strain. This event is run by Ridley & Hall Solicitors via Zoom. Please book your place
Fri 9 October
Throughout the week we will be sharing pictures and stories from kinship carers, support groups and high tea events but Friday will be a real celebration of kinship families and we’ll be joining with our partners Kinship Carers Liverpool to share some of the fun happening around across England and Wales.
Sat 10 October – in the North East
Our Kinship Active programme helps families in the North East get active together and support each other. This day will be all about getting active and having fun as kinship families are invited to online Zumba, quiz and family bonkers bingo and we will share the fun on Facebook.
Sun 11 October
After a whole week dedicated to kinship carers, we’ll be sharing some of the highlights, saying thank you and committing to keeping kinship carers rights center stage.
How can you promote and celebrate Kinship Care Week 2020?
Please use this hashtag on all social media posts and use anywhere you promote Kinship Care Week
If you are a kinship carer posting about your family or story, please also use these hashtags:
#ProudKinshipFamily or #ProudKinshipCarer
Here are some resources we’ve designed, to help you spread the word about Kinship Care Week 2020 on social media and also for organisations to use on their websites.
Zoom meeting backgrounds in a choice of colours!
Quiz Questions. Why not hold a quiz during your event? We have written one (with a special kinship care round). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send the quiz and answers to you before 5 October.
If you have any questions about Kinship Care Week or need any support with your activities, please contact email@example.com.