How can kinship carers come together in a safe space to share stories, connect and support each other? Learn about the different types of support groups.
Section 1A: Introduction to peer support groups – what are they?
Learn about peer support groups, how they can support you as a kinship carer and how you can plan to start one up.
Kinship peer support groups – what are they and how do I set one up?
Not sure about what a peer support group is? Or how it’s relevant to you as a kinship carer? This section of our Peer Support Group Library is all about understanding peer support groups.
Understanding what a peer support group is, the different types and what you might need to think about first. We’ll take you through:
- what’s a peer support group
- planning your group – the questions to ask before you get started
- how Kinship can help you set your group up
Why set-up or join a peer support group?
Kinship peer support groups are powerful places. There are so many good reasons to come together with other kinship carers.
In a kinship peer support group you’ll find:
- emotional support from other people who understand – people living in your shoes
- other kinship carers who’ll encourage, support you and help build your confidence without judgement
- practical support and tips on how to find a way through red tape and other support that might be useful – help you to ‘hack the system’!
- sharing local knowledge, access to local grants and recommendations of helpful people and services
- just feeling less alone
- sharing stories or just getting advice from other people who’ve been through it – practical tips – how to manage school transition, conversations about contact, experiences of bringing up siblings
- knowing people have got your back. Telling you, you’re doing OK
- celebrating the small and big wins of everyday life
You’re stronger together
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