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

Bexhill & Sidley Family & Friends Support Group

Contact name

Ann Tucker

Contact Telephone number

07957 970 799

Contact email

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Who is the group for?

It is for all Family & Friends carers in the area. Children are welcome.

Where does the group meet?

Sidley

Who runs the group?

Run independently but supported by Sidley Children’s Centre

How often does the group meet?

Third Thursday of the month (10am - 12pm)


Organisation

Brighton and Hove Kinship support group

Contact name

Melanie Rowland

Contact Telephone number

For information about either group 01273 296069

Contact email

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Who is the group for?

All family and friends carers

Where does the group meet?

1) Family and Friends Team, Moulsecoomb Hub South, Brighton, BN2 4SE. Monthly on a Wednesday morning between 10.20am and 12pm.

2) Kinship Carers and Under 5's (pre-school) Children. This will be monthly on a Friday from 10am until 12pm. This will take place at The Mouslecoomb Children's Centre, Hodshrove Lane, Brighton BN2 4SE

Who runs the group?

Brighton & Hove City Council

Organisation

Grandparents as Parents

Contact name

Liz Maxted

Julie Stoner

Contact Telephone number

01323 638474

Contact email

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Who is the group for?

Grandparents

Where does the group meet?

Eastbourne

Who runs the group?

The group is supported by Children's Services Family Plus Team and Age Concern Eastbourne

How often does the group meet?

Third Thursday of every month


Organisation

Grandparents Support Group 
(run by Family Plus Team - East Sussex Children's Services)

Contact name

Mel Sorrenti

Contact Telephone number

01323 463 010 (Family Plus Team)

Contact email

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Who is the group for?

Grandparents who are the main carers for their grandchildren.

Where does the group meet?

Battle - East Sussex

How often does the group meet?

Second Wednesday of every month


Organisation

Hastings Family and Friends Support Group

Contact name

Ann Tucker

Contact Telephone number

07957 970 799

Contact email

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Who is the group for?

Grandparents, family members or family friends who are the main carers for the children, Childern are welcome

Where does the group meet?

Hastings - East Sussex

How often does the group meet?

Fouth Thursday of each month (10am - 12pm)


Organisation

Kent Kinship care, East Kent

Contact name

Paula Pawley-Smith

Contact Telephone number

07510 095 610

Contact email

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Who is the group for?

All Family and friends carers

Where does the group meet?

Canterbury and Ramsgate

How often does the group meet?

Canterbury 1st Friday of the month

Ramsgate 1st Monday of the month


Organisation

Kent Kinship care, North Kent and Medway

Contact name

Cassie Felton

Contact Telephone number

Cassie 07825 233 557

Contact email

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Who is the group for?

All Family and friends carers

Where does the group meet?

The Sunlight Centre, Gillingham

How often does the group meet?

Last Friday of each month


Organisation

Grandparents and Family/Friends Support Group

Contact name

Stephanie Salter

Contact Telephone number

07825 380113

Contact email

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Who is the group for?

All Family and friends carers

Where does the group meet?

Little Forest Children's Centre, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 3UA

How often does the group meet?

Meets on the first Wednesday of each month, time 9.45 – 11.45am


Contact name

Karon Jennings

Contact Telephone number

01525 753 422

Contact email

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Who is the group for?

All family and friends carers including grandparents who are the main carers of their grandchildren or who are experiencing Court Proceedings for Care, Residence or Contact Orders

Where does the group meet?

Kents Hill Community Centre, Firthwood Crescent, Kents Hill, Milton Keynes, MK7 6HQ

How often does the group meet?

Every Tuesday during Term Time from 10.00am - 12.00 noon


Organisation

A Second Chance

Contact name

Sally Creavin

Contact Telephone number

01795 662 822

Contact email

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Who is the group for?

All family and friends carers, but at the moment is is all Grandparents that attend

Where does the group meet?

Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey, Kent

Who runs the group?

Family Action

How often does the group meet?

On Wednesday mornings (term time only)


Organisation

West Sussex County Council

Contact name

Penny Jenkins, Families and Friends Project, Drug and Alcohol Action Team

Contact Telephone number

The Families and Friends Project on 0300 028 8888
The PATCHED helpline is open 7 days a week from 10am to 10pm on 0800 085 4450

Contact email

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Who is the group for?

People affected by someone else's drinking or drug use, including family and friends carers

Where does the group meet?

There is a support group that meets in Southwick once a month. There are also the following drop-ins:
 

The Place drop in - Worthing
24 Marine Place
Worthing (next to the Yoga Centre)
Anytime between 5.30 and 7pm every Tuesday

Park Barn drop in - Horsham
North Street, Horsham (behind New Park House)
Anytime between 5.30 and 7pm on the 1st and 3rd
Tuesday in the month

The Hub drop in - Bognor
The Hub Community Centre, on the corner of  Queensway, Canada Grove, Bognor
Anytime between 1.00 and 2.30pm every Thursday lunchtimes

The Orchard drop in - Crawley
Gleneagles Court, Brighton Road
Southgate, Crawley
Anytime between 12.30 and 2.00pm on Monday lunchtimes

Friends and Family Support - Southwick
The Corner House, 45 Southwick Street
(opposite Southwick Community Centre and Barn Theatre)
Meet on the first Thursday of every month, from 7.30 - 9.00pm


Organisation

Informal Family Care – supporting kinship carers in West Sussex

Contact name

Lisa Veness

Contact Telephone number

01243 642 650

Contact email

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Who is the group for?

The support group is for Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles and Older Sibling caring for a child/young person, where the arrangement has been made by the family rather than the Local Authority. We also support families where a Residence order or Child Arrangement Order is in place.

Where does the group meet?

We run groups for kinship carers that run for 8 weeks and then provide continued support for families in the form of a monthly Drop-In's.
Monthly Drop-Ins currently run in 8 eight areas of West Sussex including Shoreham, Worthing, Crawley, Burgess Hill, Chichester and Bognor.

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