At Grandparents Plus we’re all about supporting kinship carers, and this month is no different. We’ve got information for you about funding opportunities for local support groups, and how we’re working with the Parliamentary Taskforce to transform support for kinship carers. Plus we tell you what you can do to support others who find themselves raising a relative or friend’s child.
Funding for Community Groups
Kinship care support groups could be eligible to apply for funding from £500 to £20,000. Thanks to the players of The People’s Postcode Lottery, there is funding of over £3 million for community groups like yours.
Applications are open until the 20th February.
Getting support to more kinship carers
Kinship Connected is a support service designed for kinship carers. It is delivered locally alongside local authorities, who commission us to support special guardians and kinship carers in their areas.
If you don’t have access to Kinship Connected where you live, now is the time to speak to your local authority about getting this service. If you do have it, it’s important that they continue to provide Kinship Connected, so make sure they’re hearing from you. And if you work with kinship carers, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 8981 8001 for more information.
Kinship Care Parliamentary Taskforce
At the end of January we took 10 kinship carers to meet with MPs involved in the Kinship Care Parliamentary Taskforce. They shared their diverse experiences of kinship care and contributed to a discussion on what support for kinship carers should look like.
The more voices we have, the louder we can shout. If you know kinship carers who aren’t members of our network yet, get them to sign up now.
We’re looking for volunteers
No one knows how difficult it can be to be a kinship carer more than another kinship carer. Our Someone Like Me service needs kinship carers as volunteers to provide support to others in need. This role can be carried out remotely and at a time that suits you. Training and support will be provided.