Location: Home Based

Commitment: Monthly group meetings   

How I will be contributing?

Through our Kinship connected programme, we aim to reach more kinship carers by empowering them to help others through the peer support groups, both face-to-face and virtual.

You will play a vital role in enabling kinship carers in your local area to receive friendship, support and encouragement from each other, helping them deal with the difficulties and challenges kinship carers face, such as feelings of isolation and lack of information around support.

As a Peer Support Group Leader, you will help set up a local support group. You will take a lead on the safe and effective running, administration and facilitation of the group. Initially supported by a Grandparents Plus Project Worker, the long term aim is for the group to run independently with its own established committee. 

What will I be doing?

  • With the help of the Project Worker, you will promote the group and recruit members
  • Oversee the smooth running of the group, working with other volunteers
  • Assisted by support group volunteers, oversee the membership and function of the linked virtual support group
  • Assisted by the Deputy Group Leader, you will run group meetings to ensure all members feel accepted and valued
  • To encourage members to be active and participate in group meetings and other volunteer opportunities.
  • Work closely with the Project Worker

 

We are looking for

  • A person who is passionate about Kinship care and supporting other kinship carers
  • Able to facilitate meetings
  • Able to support and motivate others
  • Comfortable with the use of social media channels, such as WhatsApp
  • An understanding of the need for confidentiality, boundaries and data protection

 

What support will I receive?

  • Induction, training and ongoing support
  • Support and supervision from the Advice Service Manager
  • Reimbursement for reasonable out of pocket expenses (with a valid receipt)
  • Regular contact with the Volunteer Development Manager
  • Membership to our Kinship Care network with opportunities to attend kinship care events.

 

I would like to help

Please complete our volunteer registration form and send it to [email protected]

We will need two references from people who have known you for at least two years.

Contact Information:

E: [email protected]  T: 0208 709 8184