Become a volunteer at Kinship

Join a powerful community of volunteers supporting kinship carers by setting up support groups, chatting on the phone or supporting our advice and information team.

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Join the best volunteering community – supporting kinship carers

Our kinship volunteers are a key part of Kinship, and central to delivering our services and support to all kinship carers.  Without our volunteers, we couldn’t do what we do. Many of our volunteers are kinship carers themselves. They really understand how important it is to have support from other people like them.

As a volunteer, the time you give really matters, and if you’d like to help and make a difference to kinship carers and their families, we’d love to hear from you.

Volunteers are a diverse group of people, and we welcome volunteers from all backgrounds and abilities (you do need to be over the age of 18). We welcome and actively encourage volunteers who are or have experience as a kinship carer, or perhaps grew up in kinship care.

Individuals who are passionate and would love to support other kinship carers by:

It takes five minutes to sign up to have an informal chat with one of our Kinship team.

Sign up to volunteer by completing our online form.

"Hopefully we can make it better for the rest of the kinship carers coming up and joining us, making it easier for them to understand we're all together."
A kinship carer, on setting up and running a group
Become a kinship carer volunteer

Why volunteer?

It takes five minutes to sign up to have an informal chat with one of our Kinship team.

There’s lots of reasons to become a volunteer:

  • you’ll meet new people, build new relationships and connections
  • to help kinship carers, especially if you understand what they’re going through
  • create positive change in someone’s life and their kinship family

Many of our volunteers are kinship carers, and we know how rewarding it is to be a kinship carer, but we also know how difficult it can be, supporting your family and finding time to support others.

There’s no pressure to volunteer now. Take your time, read a bit more and sign up for more information and an informal chat using our expression of interest form.

Four simple steps to becoming a kinship peer volunteer:

four simple steps to becoming kinship peer volunteer

Give your time, commitment and support – find friendship and connection

Someone like me volunteer

Become a Someone Like Me volunteer

If you can give at least eight hours a month to chat we’d love to hear from you. You’ll get free training and support.

Someone Like Me role
Connect with other kinship carers

Set up a kinship support group

Support groups create safe spaces for kinship carers to come together, learn from each other and share experiences. We’ll help you set up a group.

Find out more