Kinship Connected is an independent advice and support service set up by Family Lives and Grandparents Plus. These two organisations are dedicated to offering help to grandparents and other family members who are raising children whose parents are unable to care for them.
Special coronavirus update
Under normal circumstances Kinship Connected offer a range of ways to receive support as detailed below. However, due to the coronavirus outbreak the Kinship Connected support service have suspended face to face work until further notice.
One-to-one support to kinship carers is still available from their project workers and they can be contacted by phone or email
Maxine – Barnet, Camden, Enfield & Islington: 07931 158376 or [email protected]
Samantha – Hackney & Haringey: 07949 055120 or [email protected]
Kinship Connected expert advice service is open as usual too and can be contacted:
- by phone on: 0300 123 7015
- online at: https://www.grandparentsplus.org.uk/forms/advice
- or by email: [email protected]
Furthermore, whilst they are not able to run support groups at the moment, all carers are invited to join their kinship community of over 6,500 carers as a great way to stay in touch and connect with others. You can join, regardless of your legal order, for free via this link: Kinship Community
The Kinship Community is a great place for sharing tips from other carers during these difficult times, including how to keep the children occupied. Further information will also be available shortly about the local Whatsapp or Messenger groups they will be setting up, if they don’t already exist. You can also access their main national Facebook page www.facebook.com/Grandparentsplusinfo/ for updates and opportunities to connect with others.
When services return back to normal you will be able to choose from any of the following support options:
Individual support - a Grandparents Plus representative will visit you, listen to your concerns and see how best Kinship Connected can help.
Drop-in coffee mornings – local experienced kinship carer who can give you advice and support.
Local support groups – Special Guardians can meet in a safe place to share concerns and meet other families in a similar position.
Befriending service – Three month dedicated support by a team of trained volunteers.
Campaign for change – the Grandparents Plus Support Network campaign for improved rights for kinship carers locally and nationally – you can join for free.
As a special guardian in the North London Consortium area, you are entitled to services provided by Kinship Connected. Talk to your local special guardianship social worker to find out more.