As a volunteer, the time you give really does matter. Without the support of volunteers we couldn’t do what we do. If you’d like to help make a difference to kinship carers or to grandparents who have lost contact with their grandchildren we’d love to hear from you.

From spreading the word to offering practical or emotional support there’s a role to suit you and, in return, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have done something positive to help others.

Ways to volunteer

Volunteer to raise awareness

  • Are you interested in making links in your local community to raise awareness of the issues faced by kinship carers? Whether it's distributing leaflets or giving talks, you can help spread the word.  We are currently recruiting Kinship Care Champions.

A Kinship Care Champion is a Grandparents Plus volunteer who is or has been a kinship carer. You will play a key role in supporting the charity’s work and increasing local awareness of the vital role grandparents and the wider family play in children’s lives.

Our next training dates are:

Wednesday 28th February 2018 in Durham

Thursday 1st March 2018 in Teesside 

We also have a programme of Young Champions aimed at young people who have been raised in kinship care. Young Champions are volunteers who are ready to use their own experience to give a voice, locally and nationally, to kinship families to ensure children and young people growing up in kinship care are not forgotten. 

Volunteer to make a difference

  • Would you like to offer emotional support to kinship carers who need a listening ear from someone who understands what they are going through? We are currently recruiting Someone Like Me Volunteers.  

A Someone Like Me Volunteer is or has been a kinship carer. As someone who understands the issues and difficulties faced you are in the best position to help other kinship carers by offering one-off telephone support at a time of need.

Our next training date is:

Tuesday 27th March 2018 in North Shields

A Lost Contact Helpline Volunteer will provide information to grandparents, families and professionals on all issues regarding lost contact and will offer emotional support to grandparents who have lost or are at risk of losing contact with their grandchildren.  Please note, we do not currently have any vacancies in this service but will keep our website updated so do check back soon. 

Volunteer to help improve lives

  • Would you like to be part of our advice team, working closely with our specialist advisers to help make a real difference to the lives of kinship families?  We are currently recruiting for An Advice Team Volunteer.

Working from our office in SE London, you will need an empathetic and friendly telephone manner and an understanding of the need for confidentiality as you will be speaking to families over the phone about their circumstances and needs and completing grant application forms on their behalf.  You will also be making follow-up calls to and seeking feedback from kinship carers who have used the advice service.  

If you are interested in any of the above roles, please complete our Expression of Interest Form. Our Volunteer Development Manager will contact you with more information about the role and details of the recruitment process and timescales.