We want to build on the success of our Someone Like Me telephone peer support service and we need incredible kinship carer volunteers.
During the last 12 months we have supported over 500 kinship carers and we are now recruiting new kinship carer volunteers to connect with the growing number of kinship carers we can reach across England and Wales.
All our Someone Like Me volunteers are or have been kinship carers themselves. And this is important so that the kinship carers who use the service know that their volunteer understands what they’re going through.
As we are receiving requests for Someone Like Me support for an increasingly diverse range of kinship carers, we would especially welcome applications from:
- Younger kinship carers – including sibling kinship carers and other family and friends
- Volunteers who have time to offer in the evening
- Volunteers who can offer a language other than English
We are also expanding our developing work in Wales.
Someone Like Me volunteering in Wales
Wales has the highest proportion of kinship care in the United Kingdom. There are an estimated 10,000 children being brought up by family members or friends in Wales -that’s one in 67 children.
We currently have three brilliant Someone Like Me volunteers, all based in South Wales, but we would love to expand Kinship’s support to kinship carers across all areas of Wales, so we would especially welcome volunteers located in:
- Mid Wales
- North Wales
- West Wales
Training for Someone Like Me:
We’ve recently completed the training sessions for new Someone Like Me volunteers and are working on our next round of recruitment.
We will publish the dates of further training sessions once details have been confirmed.
In the meantime if you are interested in becoming a Someone Like Me volunteer please see below and submit a Volunteer Application and Equal Opportunities Form by 6 May at the latest:
Are you ready to become a Someone Like Me volunteer for Kinship?
- Read the Someone Like Me volunteer role description.
- Please complete our Volunteer Application and Equal Opportunities Forms.
If you would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org