Further support available to vulnerable Kinship Care families
Our charity continues to address new challenges faced by some Kinship Care families amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
New Who Cares? Scotland Partnership
Big Hearts is now in the position to provide financial support to the most vulnerable Kinship Care families in our community, thanks to an agreement with fellow voluntary organisation Who Cares? Scotland. This will enable our Family Support team to help Kinship Carers facing economical hardship by offering short-term practical relief in buying groceries, paying utility bills or purchasing home equipment that will make their daily life a bit easier during the Covid-19 disruption.
Family support during the school closures
Over the Easter break, Big Hearts’ Family Support Officer launched a new series of actions to continue our support to the families across our Kinship Care programme. Regular video chats with carers will be taking place to encourage peer support while providing space for carers to open up about the challenges they face. We’ve also initiated weekly family tasks to complete and these will help families be active, remain positive and spend quality time together.
The Scottish Government Kinship Care Forum
Big Hearts has been working with 5 other organisations within the ‘Kinship Care Forum’ to ensure every child, young person and kinship carer in Scotland has access to the help they need during the Covid-19 pandemic. With the support from the Scottish Government, we are committed to sharing resources and promoting the emotional, financial and practical support services available across the community. Main services and phonelines are listed in this document: Click here to see the Kinship Care Forum leaflet
Big Hearts Kinship Care helpline:
0131 603 49 27
Open Mon-Thu, 10am-4pm