Support Groups

“I came here today feeling that I just wanted to give up but I have left with a spring in my step and with the hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I now have hope that things will turn around for me and the kids”

Kinship Care support groups are a fantastic resource that we recommend to everyone. They cater for all needs and help those who may feel lost, lonely and overwhelmed to realise they are not the only ones going through this situation. They build friendships, share experiences and help others access support or services they did not know about and for some they build a passion to lobby and campaign for better support. No matter what the need a support group can play a major role in supporting kinship care families.


  • Scottish Support Network for Kinship Carers

    This is a Facebook page for kinship carers anywhere in Scotland. Here you will be listened to by other kinship carers who can share their experiences with you.

    Facebook: – (request to join)




Argyll & Bute

  • Dochas Carers Centre

    Mixed group for all carers. Kinship carers are welcome.


    50 Campbell Street, Lochgilphead, Argyll PA31 8JU
    Tel: 01546 600 022

  • Helensburgh and Lomond Carers

    Mixed group for all carers. Kinship carers can access support where they are caring for a child (or that child’s parent) and there is a disability or additional support needs due to damaging and dysfunctional behaviour within the family.


    Lomond House, 29 Lomond Street, Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute G84 7PW
    Tel: 01436 673 444


  • Clackmannanshire Kinship Carers

    Also known as ‘Clacks Kinship Carers’. The group is run by Clackmannanshire Council in partnership with Children’s Health Scotland.


    The group is currently meeting online using Zoom.

    Tel: Nicole 01259 225165

Dumfries & Galloway

  • Kindred Spirits

    Kindred Spirits is a support, advice and campaigning service in Dumfries and Galloway for Kinship Carers.


    First Monday of the month, 10am-12 noon, at:
    Welfare Rights Agency, Friars Vennell, Dumfries.
    Facebook: Kindred Spirits Dumfries & Galloway

  • Dumfries group

    Run by Dumfries & Galloway’s Family Placement Team for people approved as kinship carers through the council.

    Tel: 01387 273600


East Ayrshire

East Dunbartonshire

  • Carers Link East Dunbartonshire

    Mixed group for all carers. Kinship carers are welcome.
    ‘Carers Cafes’ run at physical locations across East Dunbartonshire.
    ‘Positive Changes’ events to assist carers’ wellbeing during COVID-19 can be accessed by telephone or online using Zoom.

    Tel: 0800 975 2131

  • Scottish Families Affected by Drugs & Alcohol (SFAD) – Routes

    This group supports and works with 12–26-year-olds who are affected by someone else’s alcohol or drug use. Young people can take one-to-one support until they feel confident enough to come along to the groups and meet others affected by the same issues as them.

    The group meets weekly and there are many activities including football training, photography workshops and cooking classes.

    Facebook: @youngpersonsscottishfamilies

East Lothian

East Renfrewshire

There are currently no known groups. If you would like a local support group to be listed here, please email:


  • Edinburgh Kinship Carers Involvement Group

    Run by The City of Edinburgh Council Kinship Team. The group is open to all kinship carers to attend.

    Email: or call the kinship advice line on 0131 529 2588 to note your interest and a member of the team will get in touch with you with details.

  • Big Hearts Kinship Care

    Support groups provided to children and young people and their kinship carers. During the COVID-19 pandemic, groups have been meeting online using Zoom.


    Tynecastle Stadium, Gorgie Road, EH11 2NL

    Facebook: Big Hearts Community Trust
    Kinship Care Helpline: 0131 603 4927 Monday to Thursday, 10am-4pm

  • VOCAL – Carer Events & Training

    A range of leisure, development, stress management and training courses are on offer for all unpaid carers, inclusive of kinship carers. Support offered includes counselling, support for families affected by drug or alcohol addiction and training and social events.


    Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk, EH6 5HB
    Tel: 0131 622 6666
    Facebook: VOCAL Edinburgh

  • Kinsfolk Carers

    The group is currently suspended but plans on meeting again once COVID-19 restrictions ease.

    Leith Community Centre, 12A Newkirkgate, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6AD

    Tel: 07958 773780

Eilean Siar

  • Eolas – Western Isles Community Care Forum


    Mixed group for all carers. The purpose of Eolas is to give carers a place to meet socially with other carers over tea and coffee. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the group has been meeting online using Zoom.
    Tel: Katie or Peggy 01859 502 588


  • Kinship Care Group

    Support group organised by Falkirk Council’s Children & Families department.


    Carers Scotland, 1A Bank Street, Falkirk, FK1 1NB.
    Tel: 01324 506 070



  • FASS – Family Addiction Support Service

    Provide supports to families affected by a loved one’s alcohol/drug problems which includes kinship carers who have sole responsibility for a child due to parental addiction.
    209 Govan Road, Glasgow, G51 1HJ
    Tel: 0141 737 3699

  • Geeza Break

    Therapeutic Intervention Kinship Support
    This project provides support citywide to kinship carers and their families across Glasgow where there is at least one child being cared for by another family member or friend due to parental addictions and/or substance misuse. The service offers professional, confidential, non-judgemental emotional and practical support primarily to the kinship carer and their family.

    Geeza Chance
    Project aimed at kinship kids aged 8-16 where they attend a group session on a weekly basis over 10 weeks with a young person support worker. Each of these sessions is aimed at discussing some difficult topics e.g., drug/alcohol abuse as well as teaching important life skills e.g. cooking and first aid.

    1450-1456 Gallowgate, Parkhead, G31 4ST
    Tel: 0141 573 2900

Glasgow North

Glasgow East

  • Easterhouse Kinship Care Support Group

    Barnardo’s Youth Involvement Project, Westwood Business Centre, Aberdalgie Road, Easterhouse, Glasgow, G34 9HJ. During COVID-19, the group are meeting online using Zoom.
    Tel: Mary Lynn 0141 773 4297

  • East End Kinship Care Group

    With Kids, 15 Annfield Place, Glasgow, G31 2XE
    Tel: Alex 0141 550 5770

  • The New Fossils Grandparents Group

    Tel: Moira 0141 771 8280

Glasgow West

  • West Glasgow Kinship

    Tel: 07950 229384

Glasgow South


There are currently no known groups. If you would like a local support group to be listed here, please email:


  • Proud2Care

    This group is for care experienced young people aged 7 and upwards. Members can have any type of care experience from foster care, residential care, kinship care, living at home with support from social work or have support from the through care service.
    Facebook: – request to join

  • Family Ties

    Offers education and support to parents and carers of children who have experienced adversities such as substance misuse, loss/grief, domestic abuse. This group is run by Inverclyde HSPC Kinship and Fostering Team. The group is relevant to kinship carers with formal care arrangements only.
    Tel: 01475 715020


  • Grandparents Parenting Again and Kinship Carers Midlothian

    Gorebridge Parish Church, 96 Hunterfield Road, Gorebridge, EH23 4TT (Thurs mornings during school term-time)

    Ladywood Leisure Centre, 14A Yarrow Ct, Penicuik, EH26 8HD
    Tel: Myra 07540 300591

  • VOCAL – Peer Support for Parents & Carers (Midlothian)

    Mixed group for parents and cares of children and young people with additional support needs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the group is currently meeting online using Zoom. The group plans to return face-to-face when restrictions ease.
    30/1 Hardengreen Estate, Dalhousie Road, Dalkeith, EH22 3NX
    Tel: 0131 663 6869

  • Midlothian Champions Board

    Groups for care-experienced children and young people including kinship care. The main group runs every fortnight and is open to anyone aged 13+. There are also groups for mini-champs (age 3-12), care leavers (16+), high school groups, care experienced parents groups and one-to-one work. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the groups are meeting online.
    Tel: Alex 07554 438880
    Facebook: Midlothian Champions Board

  • Kinship carers in Midlothian are welcome to access services provided by Big Hearts Kinship Programme, based at Tynecastle, Edinburgh:


There are currently no known groups. If you would like a local support group to be listed here, please email:

North Ayrshire

North Lanarkshire

  • Airdrie Kinship Support Group

    St. Margaret’s’ High School, Waverley Dr, Airdrie, ML6 6EU
    (This group is in the planning stages)

    Tel: Nurture Scotland for more information: 07702806524

  • Bellshill Kinship Support Group

    Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre, Busby Rd, Bellshill ML4 2BW (meets 2nd Friday of every month)

    Tel: Nurture Scotland for more information: 07702806524

  • Nurture Scotland

    Support and advice service for local kinship carers.

    Glenboig Life Centre, 110 Main Street, Glenboig, Coatbridge, ML5 2RD

    Tel: 07702806524

  • Cumbernauld and District Kinship Carers

    Muirfield Community Centre, 1a South Muirhead Road, Cumbernauld G67 1AX (meets Thursdays)
    Email: and

  • Coatbridge Kinship Care Groups

    Kirkshaws Neighbourhood Centre, 25 Haddington Way, Kirkshaws, ML5 5BF
    Tel: 01236 426200 or 07505 855341
    Email: or

    Glenboig Life Centre, 110 Main St, Glenboig, Coatbridge, ML5 2RD
    Every 3rd Thursday of the month 10am till 11.30am
    Tel: 07505 855341

  • Motherwell Kinship support group

    Forgewood Community Centre 49 Dinmont Cres Motherwell ML1 3TT, last Friday of every month 10am till 11.30am
    Tel: 07702 806524

  • Wellness Kin-ect

    @ Braidhurst Kinship Carers Group
    Motherwell and Wishaw new Kinship Care group: every 2nd Monday between 12 and 2.
    At Braidhurst High School – Braidhurst Wellbeing Base, Dalriada Crescent Motherwell ML1
    Tel: 07505 855341

  • Wishaw/Shotts Kinship support group

    Newmains Community Trust Centre 15 Manse Rd. Wishaw ML2 9AX, the first Friday of every month, 10am till 11.30am,
    Tel: 07702 806524


  • Kinship Carers Support Group

    Group run by Orkney Islands Council Fostering and Adoption Team. Kinship carers of looked after children can attend.
    Tel: 01856 873535 ext. 2654
    Facebook: Orkney Fostering

Perth and Kinross


Scottish Borders

  • Children 1st Kinship Care Service

    Local authority-run support group facilitated by Children’s 1st for kinship carers caring for ‘Looked After’ children and young people.

    Tel: Sarah 01750 22892


South Ayrshire

South Lanarkshire

  • East Kilbride Kinship Support

    Run by South Lanarkshire Health & Social Care Partnership. The group is open to all kinship carers and/or family members to attend.
    Tel: 01355 806165

  • Nurture Scotland

    Support and advice service for local kinship carers.
    Alexander Gibson Way, Motherwell, ML1 3FA
    Tel: 07547 525674 or 07505 855341

  • Blameless Children’s Charity

    Social and leisure activities for young people and families affected by substance misuse. Kinship families are welcome.

    c/o Hamilton Academicals Football Stadium Douglas Park Cadzow Avenue, Hamilton, ML3 0FT
    Tel: 0808 989 0059

  • All in the Family

    Online, peer-led support groups hosted by My Support Day supporting family and friends of loved ones with alcohol and drug addiction. During the COVID-19 pandemic, groups have been meeting online using Zoom.. To find out when groups are on, contact Mel or Lisa.
    Mel: 07494 382958
    Lisa: 07932 567976
    Facebook: FamilySouthLan


West Dunbartonshire

West Lothian