Participating Project

Project information

Greater reach

We're the only dedicated grandparents charity & our vital advice line provides important support & practical help for grandparent kinship carers (gkcs). We want to increase the capacity of this service to help more gkcs make the lives of the children they care for better.

It is ongoing

Charity information: Grandparents Plus

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  • Need

    Need

    The numbers of grandparents raising their grandchildren is increasing especially in London & the N.E. of the the country. Many of these grandparents experience isolation, discrimination, financial difficulty, a lack of support & often have health difficulties of their own. They're often reluctant to approach children services for help because they don't want interference or fear children maybe taken away from them & placed in stranger-foster care. Grandparents provide crucial stability & love.

    Solution

    There is an urgent need for local & national government action to provide more financial & practical support to kinship care families. Until this need is met our advice line is often the first & only point of call for grandparent kinship carers. This line provides comprehensive expert advice on welfare & other sources of financial support as well as advice & info on many other issues inc: legal orders, employment, housing, education, disability, & parenting.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase our reach & help and support more of the 150,000+ grandparent kinship carers in the UK

    Activities

    » Increasing the capacity, efficiency and effectiveness of our crucial Advice Line service. We need to more of what we know we do well.

    Year on year we are experiencing a growth in demand of over 30% more calls to our advice line. We would get more calls & be able to help more if we increase its accessibility.


  • Impact

    Impact

    By increasing the weekly hours of the advice line service by just 5 hours a week and being able to employ just one more expert kinship care advice worker we could be able to look after & help at least a further 1500 grandparent kinship carers more than doubling the number of those we are able to help from last year. In July we have Helpline Partnerships advising us on further improvements we could make to our service, to help us ensure we are operating as effectively as our resources permit.

    Risk

    The risks are that we are unable to service all the calls for help that we get or that we are unable to maintain the quality of our response & the amount of time we dedicate to our callers. We have managed these by a) increasing the number of expert advisers we have & b) by ensuring we retain atleast two hours per day for each adviser to be released from call-duty to ensure they can carry out the supportive administration, such as letter writing & to ensure the wellbeing of our advisers.

    Reporting

    We will compile a concise monthly report from the onset of the funding to show how many calls we have taken, the type of topics we are dealing with & the comparative increase in calls and call types from previous years. We will also compile a more details overview at the end of a 12 month period.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £27,322 Expert Advice Line Worker We know we're in need for another Advice Team to help meet increasing demand for help.
      £4,828 Contribution to core cost Management time & overhead contribution
      £1,650 Helpline Telephone System Upgrade current helpline telephone system
      £5,000 Awareness Raising Campaign Prison Visit Centres, Family Courts, Community Centre, GPs, chemists to increase our reach
      £1,200 Staff Training /skills enhance Our commitment to each of our advice team to ensure upto date on relating matters & methods
  • Background

    Location

    National but with a focus on London and the North East as this is where we know their are a greater concentration of grandparent kinship carers.

    Beneficiaries

    Grandparent Kinship Carers and the children in their care as both are so often invisible and ignored by many local authorities and national policy makers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only national charity targeting this often forgotten group; grandparent kinship carers & the children they tend. Many of these kinship-cared children have experienced difficult family circumstances. Although these children heal & thrive from the stability & love kinship care provides; neither these children nor their grandparents receive the entitlements & support given to stranger-foster-care/adopters.
    We think this must change & until it does we have to grow to help more.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Our Advice And Support Service Staff

    The Service is delivered by expert advisers (all Citizen's advice Bureau qualified)

£100

Lets Grandparents Plus help at least 5 kinship care families.

It was only by chance that I happened across you online and I’m wondering just how many people could be helped if they knew you were there. I tried for nearly 6 months to get information I got from you in a very pleasant 5 minute conversation thank you so much

Stella... grandparent kinship carer from London Caring for her grandson due to the imprisonment of his mother.