News & research Latest news December news Setting up support groups It’s always great to see new support groups for kinship carers popping up across the country; have a look on our website for details of your local support group. Chatting to people who understand what you're going through can make a real difference at Christmas time. We’ve heard from kinship carers this year who have no support in their local areas, and from others who have gone out and set-up their own groups in response to the lack of support. Read our latest blog from kinship carer Paula, who did just that and hasn’t looked back. No support in your area? Our Kinship Connected programme offers 1-2-1 and peer support to kinship carers, but is not yet offered to all carers everywhere. We need your help to show the difference it can make to kinship carers, so that we can make it available to carers nationwide. We're looking for people who have not yet accessed support through Kinship Connected to complete a short survey on your health and wellbeing, your children's health and wellbeing, and what kind of support you need. It takes about ten minutes and responses are completely anonymous. Click here for more information. Running for kinship care A huge thank you to kinship carer Shaun who ran the 5K at Saltwell Park in Gateshead to raise money and awareness for kinship care. Just £20 pays for one family to access support through our advice service, a lifeline for kinship carers in difficult times. If you want to hold a Christmas cake sale, or your new year's resolution is to get a bit more active, get in touch to find out how you can raise money to support kinship carers. To receive news and updates straight to your inbox, sign up to our Kinship Care Network here.