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.

Aberdeen

Aberdeenshire

  • The Heart of Kinship Peterhead

    Meets:

    Every Tuesday
    10am–12noon
    Morrisons Supermarket, 1A Hay Crescent, Peterhead AB42 1HH
    Email: phdkinshipcarers@hotmail.co.uk

Angus

Argyll & Bute

  • Dochas Carers Centre

    Mixed group for all carers. Kinship carers are welcome.

    Meets:

    50 Campbell Street, Lochgilphead, Argyll PA31 8JU
    Tel: 01546 600 022
    Email: enquiries@dochasfund.org.uk
    Website: www.dochasfund.org.uk

  • 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.

    Meets:

    Lomond House, 29 Lomond Street, Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute G84 7PW
    Tel: 01436 673 444
    Email: hello@hlcc.org.uk
    Website: helensburgh-carer-support.org/

Clackmannanshire

  • Clackmannanshire Kinship Carers

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

    Meets:

    c/o CTSi, The Hub, Whins Road, Alloa, FK10 3TA
    During the COVID-19 pandemic, the group is meeting online using Zoom.
    Tel: 01259 213840
    Email: admin@ctsi.org.uk
    Web: https://www.clacks.gov.uk/children/clackskinshipcarers/

Dumfries & Galloway

  • Kindred Spirits

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

    Meets:

    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
    Email: familyplacementteam@dumgal.gov.uk

Dundee

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
    Website: https://carerslink.org.uk/whats-on/
    Email: whatson@carerslink.org.uk

East Lothian

East Renfrewshire

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

Edinburgh

  • 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.

    Meets:

    Tynecastle Stadium, Gorgie Road, EH11 2NL

    Website: http://www.bighearts.org.uk/programmes/kinship-care-programme/
    Facebook: Big Hearts Community Trust
    Email: kinship@bighearts.org.uk
    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.

    Meets

    Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk, EH6 5HB
    Tel: 0131 622 6666
    Website: https://www.carerstraining.co.uk/
    Facebook: VOCAL Edinburgh
    Email: centre@vocal.org.uk

  • 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

Eilean Siar

  • Eolas – Western Isles Community Care Forum

    Meets:

    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
    Website: https://www.wiccf.co.uk/carers/respite/eolas/
    mailto:info@wiccf.co.uk

Falkirk

  • Kinship Care Group

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

    Meets:

    Carers Scotland, 1A Bank Street, Falkirk, FK1 1NB.
    Tel: 01324 506 070
    kinshipcare@falkirk.gov.uk

Fife

Glasgow

  • 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
    Website: www.fassglasgow.org
    Email: info@fassglasgow.org

  • 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
    Website: https://www.geezabreak.org.uk/
    Email: info@geezabreak.org.uk

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
    Email: mary.lynn@barnardos.org.uk

  • East End Kinship Care Group

    With Kids, 15 Annfield Place, Glasgow, G31 2XE
    Tel: Alex 0141 550 5770
    Website: www.withkids.org.uk

  • The New Fossils Grandparents Group

    Tel: Moira 0141 771 8280

Glasgow West

  • West Glasgow Kinship

    Tel: 07950 229384

Glasgow South

Highland

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

Inverclyde

Midlothian

  • Grandparents Parenting Again and Kinship Carers Midlothian

    Ladywood Leisure Centre, 14A Yarrow Ct, Penicuik, EH26 8HD
    Tel: Myra 07540 300591
    Email: kinshipcarersadvocacy@gmail.com

  • 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
    Email: midlothian@vocal.org.uk

  • 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
    Website: https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/mcb/
    Facebook: Midlothian Champions Board
    Email: midlothian@vocal.org.uk

Moray

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

North Ayrshire

North Lanarkshire

Orkney

  • 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
    Email: fostering.adoption@orkney.gov.uk

Perth and Kinross

Renfrewshire

Scottish Borders

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

Shetland

South Ayrshire

South Lanarkshire

  • Nurture Scotland

    Support and advice service for local kinship carers.
    Alexander Gibson Way, Motherwell, ML1 3FA
    Tel: 07547 525674 or 07505 855341
    Website: www.nurture-scotland.org
    Email: enquiries@nurture-scotland.org

  • 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
    Email: enquiries@blamelessuk.co.uk

  • 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: MelMcPherson@thebeacons.org.uk 07494 382958
    Lisa: LisaKerr@thebeacons.org.uk 07932 567976
    Website: www.sfad.org.uk/service/my-support-day
    Facebook: FamilySouthLan

Stirling

West Dunbartonshire

West Lothian

  • West Lothian Kinship Care Group

    Lanthorn Community Centre, Kenilworth Rise, Livingston, EH54 6JL
    Tel: 01506 284940
    Email: donna.lanthorn77@hotmail.com