We provide individual emotional support for grandparents looking after thier grandchildren due to parental substance misuse. They have to deal with emotionally disturbed children who have been through trauma and feel neglected, and need emotional and practical support to cope.
Feeling isolated, not knowing anyone else in their situation, not fitting in with peers. Being unsure about benefit entitlements and being reluctant to ask for help. Finding information, advice and advocacy services. Needing assistance with their relationship with their own child (parent of grandchild) as well as other family members. Coping with strain on relationship with own partner. Feeling estranged from own age group and not fitting into resources for parents e.g. mother and toddler.
Hetty’s appreciate and understand the demanding emotional, physical, practical and financial implications of becoming and being a kinship carer. With this project we provide a specialist kinship care worker and support package to help lighten the load a little, Alleviate some of the stress, and just be there for families when no-one else is. The family will have access to relax kids sessions to enable families to have calm, confident children in choatic times
To ensure those families have the right support and access to information when they need it most
Activities» Offer all kinship carers access to the Kinship information pack and access support from a specialist worker to advocate on their beahlf
Success will be families who are better informed about the type of agreement they have in place, their entitlements to support for them and the child.
To offer those families an opportunity to meet others in a similiar situation to themselves.
Activities» to offer a venue and group for all kinship carers to meet regulalry and offer each other support and information
» to set up sattelite hub peer support groups in each district using various forms of communication sharing emails, telephone and adresses.
Success will be a group with 10 or more regular attendees each month. Seperate peer support groups in each district set up and run by kinship carers.
Ensure the families are recieving the correct finances for their situation
Activities» to offer benefits advice, referral onto benefits advice agencies and support if needing legal services, regrading payments from Local Authorities.
Success will be kinship families have the correct care orders in place with payments attachd to those, and receiving all the correct benefits the child is entitled to.
To act as an advocate on behalf on the families and ensuring the childrens needs are met
Activities» Kinship care specialist who will attend all meetings fight for whats right for the family within the terms of government policy and law
Success will be kinship carers feel supported in meetings and that they have one main point of contact with their best interests at heart.
To help families have calm and confident children in choatic times
Activities» To offer relax kids sessions on a monthly basis to kinship children early evening to help them settle before bedtime.
» To offer exercises and resources that grandparents can do at home to help relax children.
Success will be children who are presenting calmer in school, at home and are coping better with day to day life.
The children will be in more stable home environments, ensuring they are given the chance to thrive emotionally and pyhsically. The grandparents will have the appropriate support emotionally and physically to enable them to support their grandchild to overcome the difficulties and disadvantage they have been in. Both children and families will meet others in similiar situations, create lasting friendships reducing isolation and building their own social support network.
Lack of funding and services having a lack of knowledge of the hardships that kinship families face.
We tirelessly campaign and educate other services through literature and presentations to create an awareness of how drugs/alcohol affects the lifes of those around the user especially the children.
All the kinship carers have been empowered to help raise funds for Hettys, alongwith constantly looking for other funding streams to support this much needed work.
We have effective monitoring systems in place through our Bomic system. we also send out review evaluations, undertake consultations, have good news stories and have an outcome focussed traffic light system in place. Visits, photos and reports available throughout the project.
Budget - Project Cost: £39,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £30,000 salary/oncosts/group worker, NI, Pension, management, training £4,000 Relax kids session Holding 12 monthly relax kids sessions for children £5,000 hardship grant Fund for grandparents to apply to for hardship reclothing children and bedroom furniture
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount External grant £26,000 Conditional
We work across the four districts of North Nottinghamshire. This is mostly an old coal mining vacinity. High areas of deprivation and poverty. We are based in Mansfield and also have a premises in Worksop.
Children and their carers of problematic drug/alcohol users. This will also in turn have a positive affect on the community in which these families live. Local schools will benefit from having children who are calmer and more confident after having lived through traumatic times. Local people will benefit from having safer and stronger communities whilst the issues of problematic drug/alcohol use are being tackled in a hoistic family approach, they can feel confident childrens needs are met
We have the specilaist knowledge in this field. We have an extremely passionate workforce completely committed to supporting families, as our workers and volunteers have had personal experience of the devastation addiction can have on the family. We often go above and beyond what is expected of us, always striving to give the best quality support to families possible.
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Kinship Care and Safeguarding Lead- they have a case load of 26 families currently with 68 children they are ensuring are being cared for affectively
part time kinship worker - she has a current case load of 10 with a total of 17 children involved, she currently is managed by Craig
Relax Kids facilitator - co-ordinates and delivers the relax kids sessions to 17 children with the support of volunteers
for 2 children to attend a weeks repsite holiday
Without my worker I would have been lost; she made me feel I was worth something. She helped me respect myself and realise I am a good Mum.