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

  • Are you interested in making links and giving talks in your local community to raise awareness of the issues faced by kinship carers? If so, you could be a Kinship Care Champion.

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.  We also have a programme of Young Champions, who are young people who have been raised in kinship care.

  • Would you like to offer emotional support to kinship carers who need a listening ear from someone who understands what they are going through? If so, you could be a Someone Like Me Volunteer.

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.

  • Are you interested in supporting grandparents who have lost contact with their grandchildren? If so, you could be a Lost Contact Helpline Volunteer.

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.

  • Would you like to be part of our advice team, identifying sources of financial support and helping kinship carers complete grant applications over the phone? If so, you could be a Grant Applications Volunteer.

A Grant Applications Volunteer 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.

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.