We have been informed about the following list of current support groups. Please do ring the named contact if you wish to confirm details including meeting hours. Please note that unless a named Family Rights Group contact is provided, the groups and organisations listed below are run independently of Family Rights Group and we are not responsible for their activities. 


Family Rights has published a guide on good practice in setting up local kinship care support groups. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a copy. If you wish to attend a group, rather than set one up, you may still find the guide useful.


Organisation

ESCAPE Family Support

Contact name

Lyndsey Hedley

Contact Telephone number

01670 352700

Contact Web address

www.escapefamilysupport.org.uk

Contact email

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Who is the group  for?

All Kinship Carers

Where does the group meet?

ESCAPE Family Support offices, Blyth

Who runs the group?

The groups are supported by members of the family support team but steered by the carers themselves

How often does the group meet?

The Kinship Group meets bi-monthly


Organisation

Kinship Carers Group

Contact name

Sarah Dugdale – (Outreach Family support worker)

Contact Telephone number

0191 4244840

Contact email

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Who is the group  for?

This group is for all extended family members who look after children who are not their own on a permanent or temporary basis

Where does the group meet?

South Shields

Who runs the group?

This group was set up and is ran independently by its members

How often does the group meet?

1st Friday of every month 1-3pm


Organisation

Middlesbrough Kinship Support Group

Contact name

Mari Dilworth

Contact Telephone number

079 3115 8313

Contact email

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Who is the group  for?

The group is for all Kinship Carers

Where does the group meet?

Easterside Community Hub, Easterside Middlesbrough

Who runs the group?

Kinship Carers supported by facilitator from the Relative Experience Project

How often does the group meet?

The Kinship Group meets weekly 9.30-10.45 Drop-In   11am-12.45 Support Group


Organisation

More than Grandparents (Sunderland)

Contact name

Mel Nichols (Chair)

Contact Telephone number

07501 191 338

Who is the group  for?

The More than Grandparents group is a support group ran for and by kinship carers offering support, guidance and friendship to all kinship carers and their children

Where does the group meet?

Sunderland

How often does the group meet?

Every Thursday from 12.30 til 2.30 at the Highfield children's centre, Sunderland for a cuppa and a chat. Children are welcome and we have access to a free soft play area and a sensory play room.


Organisation

Newcastle Props Grandparents Support Group

Contact name

Margi Simpson

Contact Telephonenumber

0191 2263440

Contact email

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Who is the group  for?

All family and friends carers

Where does the group meet?

Newcastle upon Tyne

Who runs the group?

Newcastle Props

How often does the group meet?

Fortnightly


Organisation

North Tyneside Kinship Carers Group

Contact name

Pam Purvis

Contact Telephone number

07917 500 590

Contact email

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Who is the group  for?

The group is for all Kinship Carers

Where does the group meet?

North Shields

Who runs the group?

The group is run by members but supported by North Tyneside Childrens Services

How often does the group meet?

First Thursday of every month 9.30am – 11.30am

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