We brought together around 200 families to enjoy a fun day out at one of four locations across the country as part of our Kinship Care Celebration Day, thanks to the Family Holiday Association.

The day was a chance for families, where grandparents or other family members have stepped in to raise children whose parents can't care for them, to spend time together as a family and meet others in their situation. Wearing bright yellow badges, carers came together at attractions in London, Halifax, Alnwick and Warrington, which was held in partnership with Liverpool Kinship Carers

Despite there being around 200,000 children in kinship care in the UK, many families struggle to get the financial, emotional and practical support they need, and many are not entitled to any statutory help.

"The day gave kinship carers a chance to relax and just enjoy spending time with the children," says our chief executive Lucy Peake. "it's also a great opportunity for kinship carers and children to come together, and an important reminder that they're not alone."

One carer we spoke to on the day said, 

we love meeting other kinship carers through these sorts of days, it's so important.

The Celebration Day has marked the beginning of Kinship Care Week - which aims to raise awareness of kinship care nationally.