Many people become carers of children from their extended families. Carers who look after Grandchildren, Nieces, Nephews etc are often referred to as ‘Kinship Carers’. Our group focuses on providing support to Grandparents, although other Kinship Carers are always welcome.
People become Kinship Carers for lots of reasons including: incidents of violence, alcohol or drug misuse, mental illness, a death, separation, divorce or any combination of these.
It’s very different from when we brought up our children and it can
seem lonely. That’s why our informal meetings offer encouragement and support and the chance to share experiences.
Discussions include: contact, finances, behaviour management, school and health issues. We also have speakers covering subjects such as: benefits, dealing with social services, education, mental health and how to keep the children for whom we care safe from drugs and alcohol.
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