Start a kinship peer support group

All the free support, resources and training you need to set up your own support group in your local area or online.

If you’re thinking about setting up a kinship support group we’re here to support you.

By starting a group, you’re making a commitment to yourself and other kinship carers so you need to be in the right place. But the rewards are huge. By setting up a group, you’re helping kinship carers to feel less alone and be part of something.

"So actually going through Kinship I think actually is a really valuable resource, [learning] about actually how to set [a support group] up. You're given a point of contact who has been amazing. She has met with me. We've had online chats and, I've also been part of the very first forum for people that were obviously interested in starting up a group with them. "
Carol, a new peer support group leader

Further information about starting a kinship peer support group

Setting up a peer support group - getting started

Ready to set up a group and want support?

Read through all the support we can give you, how to get started and put some time in to have an informal chat with a Volunteer Coordinator.

Take the first step
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See if there’s already a group in your area

Search for peer support groups across England and Wales. In person groups meeting near you, online or join a themed online group.

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Visit the peer support group library

Free tool, tips and practical resources to help you set up your group. Everything from understanding safeguarding to meeting for the first time.

Check out the library

Looking for advice and information?

We have the only dedicated advice team for kinship carers in England and Wales. Get practical advice and information on a range of topics.

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