Summer newsletter 2019

Summer newsletter 2019

30th July 2019
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What’s on this summer?

Five sisters zoo | 13th August, 11am–2pm

Location: Gavieside, West Calder EH55 8PT

To register for a place please contact Linsay Robertson on Or call 0131 550 1000 and ask for either Linsay Robertson or Susan Hunter.

State how many are attending giving the ages of the children who will be accompanying you. Please also state any dietary requirements. There may be an opportunity for support with transport and state if this is of interest to you, though our budget is small and limited.

Autumn fun day | October Location: Scottish Borders

More information to follow.

New development

As of 19th August there will be an opportunity for Kinship Carers in Pollok, Bridgeton, Glasgow North West and Easterhouse to have a face to face appointment at these bureau one day per week over 4 weeks, contact the helpline for more information or an appointment.

Dedicated regional Kinship Care officers

Citizens Advice Scotland has received funding to run the Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland. The funding helps to provide dedicated regional Kinship Care officers who are specialist workers within 4 Citizens Advice bureaux who cover the whole of Scotland in providing expert advice on Kinship Care. We are delighted to welcome Jacky Thomson who will be based in Penicuik as the replacement for Gill Westwood. Jacky has a wealth of knowledge and experience in providing advice and information in relation to the benefit system. As of 1st June 2019 the Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland helpline has moved from CAD to Airdrie Citizens Advice Bureau. Linda McGarrigle an extremely experienced and knowledgeable Kinship Care Adviser is now in post and will provide the bulk of support to Kinship Carers who contact the helpline for support. The local Citizens Advice bureau is the first port of call for anyone who wishes to discuss their own situation and the bureau adviser will assist and answer any queries. Where there are complex issues as is often the case with Kinship Carers, the Advisers will either refer the Kinship Carer to the regional officer directly or will seek information and clarity from the regional officer. In this way we hope to provide factual, up to date and accurate information to any Kinship Carer who may wish it. Please see contact details of the Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland HELPLINE and the Regional Kinship Care Officers below.

Regional Kinship Care officers contact details:

Jacky Thomson: or 01968 664701

Fiona Temple: or 01236 754109

Marion Hamilton: or 0300 3034321

Georgiana Bugeag: or 01224 569762

HELPLINE number 0808 800 0006

Volunteering award honour

Grandparents Parenting Again & Kinship Carers (Midlothian) have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Many congratulations to this amazing group.

The chair of the group has stated: "Having had the privilege of being a member of this support group for 13 years, I have over the years met some remarkable people and have been entrusted with their stories.

To be recognised and respected is the aim of our Group. It is amazing to be shown the respect and recognition in such a wonderful high honour. This award is for each and every member who give so much and we thank the sponsors from the bottom of our hearts"

What a wonderful way to raise awareness of Kinship Care, and be recognised also, very well done.

Kinship Care week events success

A successful week of events was held during Kinship Care week 2019. We were delighted to welcome the Minister for Children and Young People Maree Todd to open the first event held in Inverness. A further 2 events were held in Hamilton and Stirling. As a result of feedback received from these events we have decided to run a summer family fun day and an autumn family fun day. Keep a look out on our Facebook page (kinshipcarecas) for updated details. Next year’s Kinship Care week will be held during week commencing 16th March 2020.

Kinship Care week events next year may differ from those offered this year to incorporate suggestions made by Kinship Carers.

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What is Kinship Care?

All across Scotland, grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends, care for children because their natural parents are unable to do so. People who look after children in these kinds of circumstances are known as ‘kinship carers’.

For further information see and

The Scottish Association of Citizens Advice Bureau - Citizens Advice Scotland (Scottish charity number SC0016637)