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Kinship Care Programme

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Big Hearts’ Kinship Care programme was launched in October 2015 as our first family-focused programme.


Our charity offers a range of comprehensive support to address the emotional, practical and financial challenges faced by young people and their carers.


The programme is currently supported by: The City of Edinburgh Council, The National Lottery Community Fund and The RS Macdonald Charitable Trust.


After School Club is currently running every second Tuesday from 4.30pm – 6.30pm in The Shed, Tynecastle Park, EH11 2NZ.


This is an opportunity for kids to meet other kids in a similar situation and spend time with family.


Dates: 2nd November, 16th November and 30th November. Please contact  sandra.henderson@bighearts.org.uk  to register to join this group.


Coffee mornings are held from 10am – 12pm every second Tuesday in The Shed.


This is a safe space for carers to catch up, get advice and share any challenges they face.


Dates: 26th October, 9th November and 23rd November. This is open for all Kinship Carers to attend.



Dedicated Helpline to receive tailored advice & info on local support services available. Call 0131 603 4927 or email kinship@bighearts.org.uk



Family advice, including practical support with food essentials, IT equipment or school uniforms.






Kinship Care is where a child lives with a family relative full-time as their parents are unable to care for them. This can be due to ill-health, substance abuse, death etc.


Kinship Care is common in Scotland. Statistics estimate that a 1 in 3 of children currently ‘looked after’ in the country are in Kinship Care.


These placements can be arranged formally by the local authority or informally through family supporting their own. It is estimated that there are between 11,000 and 17,000 informal Kinship Care arrangements.


Due to its hidden nature, this form of care is not well known leaving families feeling isolated and under-supported.