Family & Friends - Kinship Milton Keynes

Serving Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire

© Family & Friends - Kinship Milton Keynes formerly known as Grandparents’ Support Group 2012 - 2022                                                                    

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Grandparents' Support Group

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Welcome to the website for Family & Friends - Kinship Milton Keynes, formerly known as Grandparents’ Support Group for Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.  The group has now been operating for over 12 years.  We changed our name because we wanted to reassure people that everyone is welcome including: grandparents, raising their grandsons and granddaughters; aunts and uncles, raising their nieces and nephews and siblings, raising their brothers and sisters.

Many people become carers of children from their extended families.  These days, carers, who look after their grandchildren, nieces, nephews etc, are often referred to as ‘Kinship Carers’.  

People become Kinship Carers for lots of reasons including: incidents of violence, alcohol or drug misuse, mental illness, a death, separation, divorce or any combination of these.

Things are very different from when we brought up our children and it can seem very lonely at times, that's why we offer each other encouragement and support.

Our meetings are informal and we gain tremendous support from others who have gone through the same experiences.

Discussions include: contact, finances, behaviour management, school and health issues. We also have speakers covering subjects such as: benefits, dealing with social services, education, mental health and how to keep the children for whom we care safe from drugs and alcohol.