Kinship carers are the heart of our charity, the spine that runs through everything we do.
You are our volunteers, you run support groups with us, you deliver training with us, you meet MPs with us and appear on TV with us, you influence research and policy with us, you have fun days out with us and we always consult with you on any important charity decisions.
We know that the coming months as people prepare for the coronavirus will present real challenges for kinship families, not least because you may be very anxious about your own vulnerabilities.
We are here for you.
We’ve made the difficult decision to stop all our face-to-face support at this time. This affects the support groups we run, the delivery of our on-the-ground programmes, Kinship Connected and Kinship Active and preparation workshops for new kinship carers. While we’re unable to meet with kinship carers face-to-face, we will divert our resources to support kinship families in other ways.
Our advice service is open as usual. You can contact them via this form or by calling 0300 123 7015, and whilst our advisers are handling an unprecedented number of enquiries at the moment, they will help you as soon as they can.
We are also urging kinship carers across the country to join our 6,500-strong Kinship Community and also join our Facebook community so that you can stay in touch with us as well as connect with other kinship families nationally and locally. Over the coming weeks, we will be gathering your thoughts and experiences, sharing your tips and stories and signposting you to other helpful support.
Our community of kinship families has always been strong – offering support to each other when times are tough. We know that throughout this unsettling time you will continue to be there for each other, and we will be here for you.
Lucy Peake, Chief Executive, Grandparents Plus