Have you seen Kinship and a number of kinship carers featured on the TV, on the radio and in print recently?
Local kinship carers across England shared their experiences and concerns about the rising cost of living with ITV News, broadcast during the 6pm regional news on Monday 15 August. Coverage also featured some of the key findings from our recent financial allowances survey, as well as interviews with Kinship’s Volunteer Manager, Louise Dunne, and our Chief Executive, Dr Lucy Peake. Catch up on the news from your area for 24 hours after broadcast via the links below.
- Tyne Tees (from 12:08)
- West Country (from 15:13)
- Anglia (from 14:43)
- East Midlands (from 9:07)
- Calendar North (from 15:09)
- Calendar South (from 17:02)
The stories of three kinship carers – Laura, Wendy and John – are featured in this in-depth feature in The Metro exploring how kinship families are struggling with increasing living costs. It also includes a profile of Liam – a young adult who was raised by his grandmother.
North East beach day celebration
On Wednesday 17 August, nearly 200 kinship carers and their children are expected to come together to relax and have fun as part of a beach day celebration in South Shields for kinship families across the North East and beyond.
BBC Radio Newcastle featured interviews with Newcastle-based kinship carer, Lynne, on Monday 15 August alongside Kinship’s Senior Peer Support Volunteer Officer, Darren, who is coordinating the event. You can catch up with the interviews via BBC Sounds (at 10:20, 10:45 and 10:52).
The Shields Gazette has also published an article ahead of the day.
I think I’m a kinship carer. Where can I go for support?
If you’re looking after the child of a relative or friend on a full-time basis, then you’re a kinship carer. Not sure where to start? You may find it useful to read this page of our website, which explains more details about kinship care and can help determine what type of kinship carer you are: https://kinship.org.uk/for-kinship-carers/what-is-kinship-care/
In some circumstances, financial support may be available if you obtain a legal order formalising the arrangements for the care and upbringing of the child. More information about this can be found on this web page: https://kinship.org.uk/for-kinship-carers/advice-and-support/local-authority-allowances/
If you’d like to meet other kinship carers just like you where you live, you can find out more about peer support groups here: https://kinshippeersupport.org.uk/