Kinship Care Initiative

The Trades House of Glasgow Kinship Care Initiative is designed to provide opportunities to children being supported by their extended family, to reach their full potential and become active citizens in the City.

The Initiative aims to raise £3million between now and 2020 that will be used to provide grants for young people to participate in outdoor activities and educational programmes, that will build their characters and enhance their job opportunities. Trades House, whose membership includes a wealth of experience with deprived groups in Glasgow, will work with those already providing essential support and ensure that the funds raised are utilised effectively. Members will be there to provide mentoring and employment advice.

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What is kinship care and what are the key challenges?

Kinship care involves children being looked after by grandparents, aunts, uncles, extended family and friends full time, because their parents, for various reasons, are unable to carry out this role. Children in Kinship Care present many problems, due to the chaotic upbringing throughout their formative years. Through no fault of their own, they become the most vulnerable children in society with a very low self esteem.


What is difference will the initiative make? 

In Glasgow, over 2000 children are currently being looked after by Kinship Carers. Children and young people in Kinship care placements often miss out on experiences that other children take for granted.

The outdoor resource centre and staff are all highly qualified to deliver a wide range of activities which include, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, white water rafting and coastal sailing. These experiences can promote specific learning outcomes, such as problem solving or improved resilience. £20,000 will enable 32 young people an opportunity to take part in this scheme.

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Find out more
You can find out the latest news on the Kinship Care Initiative by visiting kinshipcareinitiative.org.uk or by using the contact details below.


Janet Olverman
0141 553 1605
kinship@tradeshouse.org.uk   

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