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Previous Action

Informally met with local councillors, MSP’s & MP following a cut in kinship carers allowances without any consultation with carers. The result was that the Council officials and the elected portfolio meet with kinship carers quarterly and council officers meet with a sub-committee monthly
Contacted the media and received local newspaper coverage.

Gained support from the local CVS office and a NHS Community Development worker.

Contacted and met with senior Council officials.

Handed in a signed petition to the Council, signatures gathered from local people, supporting kinship carers. The Council reviewed the allowances and re-instated 40% on the original cut to kinship carers, for one year only, at its budget setting in February 2011

Circulated a petition to go to the Scottish Parliament.

Became a constituted group recognised by the Council as a representatives from the wider community, which meets quarterly at an open meeting which includes kinship carers, supporters, council official from social services, education, NHS community staff and representatives from local MSP’s.

Surveyed local kinship carers on their needs as carers of looked after children.

Requested specific training for kinship carers.

Applied for and successfully received funding from the Big Lottery to enable the group to raise awareness of the needs of kinship carers and their looked after children.

Made contact with other kinship carer groups.

Wrote to all political parties asking for a commitment to kinship carers across Scotland. We had acknowledgement from the SNP & Labour political parties and a supportive letter from the Green Party.

Held an event, in April 2011, inviting public agencies and kinship carers and their looked after children to attend and participate in workshops and gather and share experiences.

Designed a logo and complied an information leaflet (in second publication).

Made a DVD about Clacks Kinship Carers, history and their experiences.

Built up a network of organisations e.g. Other kinship carer groups, Poverty Alliance, Truth Commission, Children 1st etc.

Held various fund raising activities within the area and organised social activities for looked after children.

Started a monthly drop-in session, with professional advisors attending to give advice to kinship carers, group or one-to-one.