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

  • Grandparents as Parents Project

    Meets:

    1st and 2nd Saturday each month
    2-4pm
    at Befriend a Child, 9 Bon Accord Square, Aberdeen AB11 6DJ
    (children have activities whilst adults meet up)

Aberdeenshire

  • Kinship for Kids (K4K)

    Meets:

    1st and 3rd Friday each month
    10am-12noon during term time, less regularly during school holidays.
    Run by kinship carers from the local area. Osborne house, 22 Duthie Place, Fraserburgh AB43 8WX

  • Heart of Kinship

    Meets:

    Every Tuesday
    10am–12noon
    Morrisons Supermarket, 1A Hay Crescent, Peterhead AB42 1HH

  • Portlethen

    Family support worker arranges informal get-togethers in Palm Room, Portlethen Family Centre, Bruntland Road for people in Portlethen, Stonehaven, Laurencekirk, Banchory

  • Aberdeenshire Council Social Work Dept

    Hold occasional events for kinship carers which they advertise on the Aberdeenshire Council website

Angus

  • Angus Carers Support Group

    For people affected by Drugs and Alcohol – kinship carers can access this group for specific support and as a first point of contact.
    Angus Carers Centre, 3 Fishacre, Arbroath, DD11 1LE

Argyll & Bute

  • Dochas Carers Centre

    Mixed group for all carers

    Meets:

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

  • Helensburgh and Lomond Carers

    Mixed group for all carers

    Meets:

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

  • Islay Kinship Care Support Group (Dochas)

    Meets:

    Last Thursday of month 12.30 – 2.30 for lunch and a catch up at:
    Gaelic College (Ionad Chaluim Chille ile), Bowmore, Islay PA43 7LN.
    They also offer Skype counselling.

Clackmannanshire

  • Clacks Kinship Carers Group

    Meets:

    Every second Thursday morning at:
    The Hubs, Whins Road, Alloa, FK10 3TA
    Tel: 01259 213840
    Email: admin@ctsi.org.uk

Dumfries & Galloway

  • Kindred Spirits

    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 social work for people approved as kinship carers through the council and information is accessed through them.
    Tel: 01387 273600
    Email: familyplacementteam@dumgal.gov.uk

Dundee

  • Kith ‘n Kin

    Meets:

    Every Thursday, 10-12 (during term-time) at 47 Blinshall Street, DD1 5DF
    Run by Aberlour/Alcohol Tayside

  • Kinship Care Support Group

    Meets:

    Every Thursday 9–11.30am (during term time) at:
    Arthurstone Library, 5 Arthurstone Terrace, Dundee, DD4 6RT

  • Kinship Support Group

    Meets:

    Tuesday 4.45-6.30pm (term-time only) at Douglas Community Centre, Balmoral Avenue. DD4 8SG
    run by Alcohol Tayside

East Ayrshire

  • Kilmarnock Kinship Carers East Ayrshire

    Meets:

    every second Thursday, 11 am–1 pm, at:
    YMCA, Soulis Street, Kilmarnock, KA3 1AP
    Tel: Nancy 07923 825935
    Facebook: Kilmarnock East Ayrshire Kinship Carers

East Dunbartonshire

There are currently no groups that we are aware of.

East Lothian

  • Square One Kinship Care

    Meets:

    Fortnightly on a Friday 9.30–11.30 am during school term times at MECA, Haddington Road, Musselburgh.
    Every other Friday 2:30-5pm group for carers and children at Esk Church Musselburgh.
    Tel: Mentor on 0131 334 8512

  • Kinship Care Coffee morning

    Meets:

    last Wednesday of each month 10am–12noon at Community Centre, 8 Law Road, North Berwick, EH39 4PN

East Renfrewshire

Edinburgh

  • Kinsfolk Carers

    Drop-in session every Thursday from 10am–12noon (term-time only) at Leith Community Centre, Kirkgate. They also have one-to-one surgery at these sessions run by Mentor.
    Tel: 0131 208 4321
    Website: www.kinsfolkcarers.co.uk

  • Kinship Choir

    Meets:

    On Tuesdays during term time from 10am–12noon at St Andrews and St Georges Church, George Street – next to George Hotel. All welcome, no audition, no experience needed.

  • Vocal

    Run a number of generic support groups for carers (mixed group).

    Meets

    8-13 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2PQ
    Tel: 0131 622 6666

  • Big Hearts Kinship Care After School Club

    Meets:

    Weekly on Tuesdays, 4.30–6.30pm in Gorgie Suite, Tynecastle Stadium. For the whole family – activities for children, chance for carers to meet up and share, meal provided.

  • Edinburgh With Kids

    Meets:

    Every Wednesday during term-time 9.30-10.30am, 1 Hailesland Road, Edinburgh EH14 2QS
    Tel: 0131 453 6937
    Facebook: with kids
    Website: www.withkids.org.uk

  • Kinship Saturday Support Group

    Meets:

    First Saturday of every month on 3rd floor of Ocean Terminal from 11-12:30pm
    Tel: 0131 334 8512

Eilean Siar

No groups that we are aware of

Falkirk

  • Kinship Care Group

    Meets:

    Monthly in Carers Scotland, 1A Bank Street, Falkirk, FK1 1NB. Breaks for school holidays.
    Tel: 01324 506 400
    kinshipcare@falkirk.gov.uk

Fife

  • Kinship Care Group

    Meets:

    Every Tuesday 9.30-11.15am at Old Parish Centre, Short Lane, Cupar, KY15 5EQ

  • Fairisle Kinship Group

    Meets:

    Fairisle Nursery, Fairisle Road, Templehall, Kirkcaldy KY2 6ED on Tuesday 12.30-2.30pm

  • Lang Toon Kinship Carers

    Meets:

    Gallatown Nursery, 49 Whytescauseway, Kirkcaldy KY11 1XD on Tuesday 9.30-11.30am

  • Kinship Care Group (Dunfermline)

    Meets:

    Touch Primary School (Janitors House), Gannock Bank, Dunfermline KY11 4JZ on Thursday 10 – 11.30am

  • Kinship Support Group (Glenrothes Ladybird)

    Meets:

    Ladybird Nursery, Erskine Place, Glenrothes KY7 4JB on Tuesday 1.30-3.00pm

  • Kinship Support Group (Leven)

    Meets:

    Wednesday 9.15-11am, Community Lounge, Methilhill Primary School, Sea Road, Leven, KY8 2JW

Glasgow

Various groups run throughout the city run by FASS and Geeza Break including:

  • West Glasgow Kinship

    Meets:

    Every fortnight during term time from 9.30-12.30pm at:
    Heart of Scotland Community Centre, Balmoral St Glasgow G14 0BL
    Tel: 07950 229384

  • FASS

    Provides supports to kinship carers and families affected by a loved one’s alcohol/drug problem which includes kinship carers who have sole responsibility for a child(ren) due to parental addiction.

    Meets

    123 West St Glasgow G5 8BA
    Tel: 0141 420 2050
    Email: info@fassglasgow.org
    Website: www.fassglasgow.org

  • Evening Kinship Group

    The Evening Kinship Group meets every second Tuesday from 6pm to 7.30pm. This group welcomes any Kinship Carers who are the sole carer of a child / children due to parental addiction. Attendance should be confirmed by calling FASS on 0141 420 2050 before attending meetings.

    Meets

    123 West St Glasgow G5 8BA

  • Kinship for the future Group

    This group welcomes any family member who has been affected by a loved ones drug or alcohol problem or kinship carers who are caring for children as a result of parental substance misuse.

    Meets

    Every Tuesday between 12 and 2.00pm (excluding public holidays).

  • South East Kinship

    Meets:

    Every fortnight Monday 12–2pm at:
    Castlemilk Community Centre, 121 Castlemilk Drive, Glasgow G45 9UG
    Tel: Ann on 0141 585 2267

  • Kinship for the Future (North) Group

    Meets:

    Weekly at Possilpark Church
    Tel: Helen 07891 698052

  • New Fossils Grandparents Group

    Meets:

    Every second Thursday at St Michael’s Chapel Hall.
    They also go on trips.
    Tel: Moira 0141 771 8280

  • South West Kinship Group

    Meets:

    Every 2nd Friday in Pollock
    Tel: Tel Jackie on 07729 118002 or Terri on 07784 753122
    Email: southwestkinship@yahoo.co.uk

  • East End Kinship Care Group

    Meets:

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

  • Easterhouse Kinship Care Support Group

    Meets:

    Every Tuesday at 10am at the Barnardo’s Youth Involvement Project
    Westwood Business Centre, Aberdalgie Road, Easterhouse, Glasgow G34 9HJ
    Tel: 0141 773 4297

Highland

  • Highland Kinship Coffee Morning

    Meets:

    Monthly at Children1st, Longman Road, Inverness.
    Tel: 01463 220057

Inverclyde

  • Parenting Again

    Meets:

    Usually, but not always, on 2nd Friday of the month at:
    Inverclyde Carers Centre, 68-70 Cathcart Street, Greenock, PA15 1DD.
    Some months they go on outings instead of having a meeting.
    Tel: 01475 735180
    Email: enquiries@inverclydecarerscentre.org.uk
    Website: www.inverclydecarerscentre.org.uk

  • Inverclyde Kinship Care Group

    Meets:

    Monthly, alternating between morning and evening meetings.
    Tel: 01475 715367

Midlothian

  • Grandparents Parenting Again (Midlothian)

    Meets:

    Every Thursday during term time 9.30-11.30am at Gorebridge Parish Church. They also meet on first Monday of the month at 7.30pm and organise outings from time to time.
    Tel: 07540 300591
    Email: kinshipcarersadvocacy@gmail.com
    Website: kinshipcarersmidlothian.co.uk

  • Family Reachout (Surestart Grandparent Support Service)

    Meets:

    Wednesday 9.30-11.30am at Stone Avenue, Mayfield, Dalkeith
    Tel: 0131 660 6644

  • Stepping Forward (Surestart Grandparent Support Service)

    Meets:

    Tuesday 9.30-11.30am at 60 Queensway, Penicuik< Tel: 01968 679 215

  • Grandparents/Toddler Group (Surestart Grandparents Support Service)

    Meets:

    Monday 10-11.30am at:
    Woodburn Primary School, Room 2 CLD, Cousland Road, Dalkeith
    Tel: 0131 654 0489

  • Bonnyrigg Kincare Group (Surestart Grandparents Support Group)

    Meets:

    1st Thursday on month 1-3pm at Bright Sparks in Bonnyrigg

  • Dalkeith Midlothian Kinship Carers DMKC/SCIO

    Meets:

    Every Thursday during term-time 10am-12noon (except last Thursday of month 12noon-2pm) at:
    St David’s Church Hall, 41 Eskbank Road, Dalkeith
    Website: www.dmkc.org.uk

Moray

  • Kinship Care Coffee Morning Peer Support Group

    Meets:

    Six-weekly on Saturday mornings in Elgin. The group is run by Children 1st. If you are interested in attending, please call the number below for timings and location.
    Tel: 01343 564 170

North Ayrshire

  • Castlepark Kinship Care Group

    Meets:

    Monthly, 9:15-11:15am at Castlepark Early Years Centre, Carron Place, Irvine, KA12 9LQ
    Tel: 01294 270335

  • S.H.O.U.T. Kinship Support North Ayrshire

    Meets:

    last Tuesday of the month 10am–12noon and prize bingo every three weeks. Visit their Facebook page or contact Joy Berrie using the details below.
    Tel: 07392 926184
    Email: shoutkinshipnorthayrshire@gmail.com

North Lanarkshire

  • Nurture Scotland

    Support and advice service.

    Meets

    Alexander Gibson Way, Motherwell, ML1 3FA, Tel: 01698 264200
    Email: enquiries@nurture-scotland.org
    Website: www.nurture-scotland.org

  • Kinship NL

    Range of coffee mornings in Coatbridge, Bellshill and Cumbernauld.

    For Coatbridge

    Normally Old Monkland Primary Community Wing and St Andrew’s School Campus both 9am-12pm
    Tel: 01236 638470

    For Bellshill

    Meets Orbiston Business Centre, 46 Babylon Drive 9:30am
    Tel: 01698 274662

    For Cumbernauld

    Meets Midfield Centre, Cumbernauld, 10am-12pm
    Tel: 01236 638383

Orkney

  • Foster Care Support Group

    Meets:

    Looked after kinship carers can attend.
    Tel: 01856 873535

Perth and Kinross

  • Perth and Kinross Council

    Arrange meetings every couple of months.
    Family Placement & Kinship Care Team, Almondbank House, Lewis Place, Perth, PH1 3BD
    Tel: 01738 472260

  • Kith ‘n Kin

    Tayside Council on Alcohol – point of contact.
    Kith ‘n’ Kin, 14 Marshall Place, Perth, PH2 8AH
    Please Contact Tayside Council on Alcohol
    Tel: 01738 580 336
    Email: perthknk@alcoholtayside.com

Renfrewshire

  • Grandparents Support Group

    Meets:

    On the last Tuesday of every month 11.30am – 1pm at Renfrewshire Carers Centre, Unit 55 Embroidery Mill, Abbey Mill Business Centre, Paisley, Renfrewshire
    Tel: 0141 887 3643
    Email: enquiries@renfrewshirecarers.org.uk
    Website: www.renfrewshirecarers.org.uk

  • Renfrewshire Council

    Currently looking to develop support groups in near future.
    Tel: 0141 618 4163

Scottish Borders

No known groups at present

Shetland

No known groups at present

South Ayrshire

  • South Ayrshire Kinship Care Group

    Meets:

    Monthly on Fridays 10am-12noon at Family Resource Centre, Groupwork room, Wills Road, Ayr, KA8 9NL

South Lanarkshire

  • South Lanarkshire Kinship Care Group

    Meets:

    Monthly on Mondays at Future Stars Activity & Play Centre (formerly Bilco’s), Argyle Crescent, Hillhouse Industrial Estate, Hamilton, ML3 9SL.
    Tel: 07795 453 748

  • Nurture Scotland

    Support and advice service.

    Meets:

    Alexander Gibson Way, Motherwell, ML1 3FA
    Tel: 01698 264200
    Email: enquiries@nurture-scotland.org
    Website: www.nurture-scotland.org

Stirling

  • Stirling Kinship Care Support Group

    Meets:

    On Wednesdays 3.30pm-6pm at Stirling Family Support Service, 36 St John Street, Stirling, FK8 1EA. Children are welcome too – they have supervised play downstairs whilst carers meet upstairs.
    Tel: 01786 470797
    Website: www.stirlingfamilysupport.org.uk

West Dunbartonshire

West Lothian

  • West Lothian Kinship Care Group

    Meets:

    First Wednesday of the month 10-11.30am at Langthorn Community Centre, Kenilworth Rise, Livingston  EH54 6JJ

  • We Kin Care Kinship Care Group

    Meets:

    Usually on Wednesday afternoons at:
    Blackburn Community Centre, Ash Grove, Blackburn EH47 7LJ
    Email: wekincarewestlothian@gmail.com
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