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The first Podcast dedicated to Kinship Care ran by Kinship Carers Liverpool. Please have a listen and share to all other Kinship groups. For more information please go to our website athttps://kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk/Follow us on Facebook (Kinship Care Liverpool) Twitter (KinshipLpool) and Instagram (Kinshipcareliverpool) Enjoy and remember You Are Not Alone.
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Kinship Carers Liverpool will be part of Pride in Liverpool on 27th July 2024 and so this is just to let you know about this very important event and what we will be doing. For more information ask in the Wednesday Coffee Morning, through WhatsApp or any other way. For more information on Pride Liverpool go here. https://prideinliverpool.co.uk/ For…
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In case you hadn’t noticed there is a general election coming up on 4th of JULY and so this is a chance for all Kinship Carers and any Kinship Kids who have just turned 18 to vote and make real change. Politics and parties aside I urge everyone to take the time to go and vote and make your voice heard. If you have not registered to vote you must do…
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“You don’t know what you don't know” seems to be very prevalent for Kinship Carers. How often have you overheard someone talking to think “Hey I didn’t know that” or more importantly “Why didn’t anyone tell me that?” This episode looks at knowledge and learning and how we can’t know everything, but if we embrace all our tools we might learn enough.…
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How difficult is it to manage your time? Do you give yourself any time or do you think you should always be on the go? Do you ever feel guilty about doing something for you? STOP This episode looks at managing your time, taking time out for yourself and being selfish. Everyone deserves time for themselves so maybe we just need to learn to be selfis…
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This week we look at Men’s Groups. The new ones that are up and running and the benefit of going. If you worry that you will be the only one there then this might be the push you need to join any of the groups specifically for men. For more info on Livpac's new Men's Group Follow them on X here: https://x.com/LivPaCL8?t=RXgFbYYwnh0ge72symggQA&s=09 …
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On the back of last week’s episode telling you what we do at Kinship Liverpool this episode asks you what do you want us to do. Are there courses you want to do, a change to the coffee morning or how we operate. The more you tell us what you want the more we can become the group you want. So tell us what is it you would like to see. For more inform…
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This week I take a look at all the services available at Kinship Carers Liverpool, from WhatsApp groups to Coffee Mornings and everything in between. A quick whistle stop tour through what you can get when you join and engage with Kinship Care Liverpool. For more information regarding Kinship Care Liverpool please go to our website https://kinshipc…
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This week I look at Will Writing and the importance of having one especially when putting things in place for Kinship Carers. There are a number of websites and charities that provide will writing services for free. For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/make-will For more information regarding Kinship Care Liverpool please go to our websit…
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This week I talk about the new book Free Loaves on Fridays: The Care System As Told By People Who Actually Get It edited by Rebekah Pierre. This is a wonderful book hearing some voices from those who have experienced first hand the Care system including one of our Kinship Kids who contributed a section to the book. In this podcast I read that secti…
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This week I talk about telling your story. In whatever way you think would be best for you. Whether it’s starting up your own podcast or writing a story or a poem. If anyone has a Kinship Story that you want to tell you can send to me and I will read it on the show. We all have different stories and the more voices we share the better. For more inf…
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This week I talk about podcasts. You are obviously listening to one but ever thought of doing your own? Maybe you have a passion for films, or sports or anything. Maybe you want to start a podcast on Kinship too and here are a few helpful hints to get you started For more information regarding Kinship Care Liverpool please go to our website https:/…
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Kinship Charity released their own Podcast series this week called Kinship Together with 6 episodes featuring interviews with fellow Kinship Carers talking about their experience. If you get a chance have a listen. It’s free wherever you listen to your podcasts. Search “Kinship Together” https://open.spotify.com/show/0RQuNeaamWZzLzU4W81GGL?si=yIs3k…
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This week I look at the benefits of Singing and Music. Do you enjoy Karaoke or Singing in the shower? Well you should try it whether you sound like Mariah or Mari-ahhhh! For those who can't get out to your local karaoke for any reason you might want to try the Smule app for all your Singing pleasure. It's free to use. Download here on App Store: ht…
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This week I answer some questions people have asked about funding, age requirements and what happens when your Kin Kid turns 18. Show is dedicated to dearly departed Sally Montgomery, a great supporter of Kinship Carers Liverpool and the Podcast. For more information regarding Kinship Care Liverpool please go to our website https://kinshipcarersliv…
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This week I will be going through the second part of the Special Guardianship Policy for Liverpool City Council. Note this is only specific to Liverpool when it comes to policy yet there are let’s of authorities who use the same framework. It is best to speak to your Social Worker or Local Authority to ask if they have their own policy. And if not,…
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Thus week I will be going through the first part of the Special Guardianship Policy for Liverpool City Council. Note this is only specific to Liverpool when it comes to policy yet there are let’s of authorities who use the same framework. It is best to speak to your Social Worker or Local Authority to ask if they have their own policy. And if not, …
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This week is the second of a two-parter about things to do in Liverpool. If you are on a budget or just want some idea this and next week’s episode will go through all the things you can do if you live in Liverpool or are just coming to visit. For more information on things to do in Liverpool visit https://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/things-to-do/n…
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This week is the first of a two-parter about things to do in Liverpool. If you are on a budget or just want some idea this and next week’s episode will go through all the things you can do if you live in Liverpool or are just coming to visit. For more information on things to do in Liverpool visit https://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/things-to-do/no…
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Why is Kinship such a hard thing to say in media. We have had Eastenders tackling Special Guardianship Orders but without actually explaining what it all meant for those going through it. TV shows like Alma's Not Normal and Happy Valley deal with Kinship stories, but don’t mention Kinship by name. Why is this? Saying it once would shine a light in …
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This second part I will be looking at Food Banks and Food Shares. Busting some myths on how you can use these services and the benefits of it all. For more information on Food Banks in your area visit Trussell Trust https://www.trusselltrust.org/winter2023PPC/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAnrOtBhDIARIsAFsSe51ktlAlig9n9N_eoThn1Ny6k_c3ok1l6hbQPm9lJ_X32I4CqSib7DAaAmS…
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This first part I will be looking at Food Banks and Food Shares. Busting some myths on how you can use these services and the benefits of it all. For more information on Food Banks in your area visit Trussell Trust https://www.trusselltrust.org/winter2023PPC/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAnrOtBhDIARIsAFsSe51ktlAlig9n9N_eoThn1Ny6k_c3ok1l6hbQPm9lJ_X32I4CqSib7DAaAmSM…
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I look back on 2023 the good, bad and indifferent all the changes that have happened in Kinship and look forward to all the great things happening in 2024. For more information regarding Kinship Care Liverpool please go to our website https://kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk/Follow https://kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk/ Follow us on Facebook (Kinship Ca…
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In this first episode of 2023 I look at the survey results from our Podcast 2023 Survey and talk about some of the things going well, not so and things people are asking for. See Instagram for full results. For more information regarding Kinship Care Liverpool please go to our website https://kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk/Follow https://kinshipcarer…
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In this episode I celebrate Christmas telling two fairy stories for our younger Kinship Kids or those who like hearing stories. This is my take on Jack and the Beanstalk and a twist on the Three Little Pigs with Three Little Wolves. Enjoy and Merry Christmas to everyone. For more information regarding Kinship Care Liverpool please go to our website…
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In this episode I look at the recent government’s first strategy for Kinship Carers. I also read the statement from Family Rights Group. Is it a good step forward or a step that doesn’t go forward enough? If you want to read it yourself the link to the full report is here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/6579c7f40467eb001355f755/Cham…
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It’s said that most of the debt comes from overspending and everything else that comes with Christmas. How can you avoid debt and what pitfalls should you avoid. Some helpful tips and advice for everyone who is spending with credit rather than paying in full. For more information about help that’s available go to Stepchange https://www.stepchange.o…
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Do you know your Nintendos from the Nintendon'ts? Know what a lootbox is or a skin or been utterly baffled when your child has talked about Creepers and XP? Then this episode will give you a brief guide to gaming. What the latest (as of 2023) systems are what are the pros and cons and gives you the most important tips about buying a system for your…
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In this episode I look at what is happening with Kinship Care Liverpool at the moment including the new Garston Group and lots more. To fill in the Podcast Survey click on the link here https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/2M1TUR/ For more information regarding Kinship Care Liverpool please go to our website https://kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk/Follow h…
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In this episode I look at the how many famous people are Kinship Kids and one surprising Kinship Carer. Does yours feel different and has no one to look up to? How about John Lennon? Obama? There are so many to look up to. To fill in the Podcast Survey click on the link here https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/2M1TUR/ For more information regarding Kin…
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In this episode I look at the how many children in Kinship Care are diagnosed with neurodiverse conditions. Is there a connection? Is your Kinkid on the spectrum in any way or suffers from separation anxiety? Maybe there is more to this link. To fill in the Podcast Survey click on the link here https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/2M1TUR/ For more infor…
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In this episode I look at the Looked After Child aspect of Kinship Care and why it is not as simple as it should be. To fill in the Podcast Survey click on the link here https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/2M1TUR/ For more information regarding Kinship Care Liverpool please go to our website https://kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk/Follow https://kinshipca…
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In this episode I follow up last week's episode about applying for passports and put to rest some of the myths about taking your Kin Kid on holiday and how to avoid some of the common pitfalls when you are going abroad. To fill in the Podcast Survey click on the link here https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/2M1TUR/ For more information regarding Kinshi…
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In this episode I look at some of the pitfalls when applying for a passport for your KinKid. Yes you may not be going on holiday until next year but when you hear the trials and troubles of getting one you may want to start early. To fill in the Podcast Survey (available until 20/11/2023) click on the link here https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/2M1TU…
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In this episode I look at Mental Health, what you can do and what help is available. Please if you feel you need to talk to someone reach out it is OK to not be OK. For help you can find much of it with Talk Liverpool (Talking Therapies) https://www.merseycare.nhs.uk/our-services/liverpool/talking-therapies There are a number of free drop in groups…
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In this episode I look back on Kinship Care Week and all the wonderful things we discussed this week in Liverpool. For more information regarding Kinship Care Liverpool please go to our website https://kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk/Follow https://kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk/ Follow us on Facebook (Kinship Care Liverpool) Twitter (KinshipLpool) and …
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In this episode I preview Kinship Care Week which starts 1st of October 2023. If you want more information please click on the links below about what we will be doing. For more information regarding Kinship Care Liverpool please go to our website https://kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk/Follow https://kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk/ Follow us on Facebook…
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In this episode I answer some of the Frequently asked questions that have come up when it comes to Kinship either before or during. I’m sure there are many more, but if anyone does have others please email or message me and I will see what I can do to answer any questions. For more information regarding Kinship Care Liverpool please go to our websi…
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In this episode I talk about the lack of books specific about Kinship Care. There are a few on Amazon and if you have Amazon Prime download Kindle and you will have access to any Kindle Unlimited Books for free. I talk about Poems about Kinship Carers in Australia: The struggle is real by Susanne Richardson and Mother Bunny and the Bad Plants: a st…
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In this episode I speak to Angela Tobin from Ohio Kinship Caregivers Connect about the wonderful work they do for Kinship Families. They have a wealth of information regarding all aspects of Kinship Care on their website can be accessed here: https://kinshipcaregiversconnect.com/ if you want to watch her wonderful Ted Talk the link on Youtube is he…
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In this episode I look back on another successful summer with our activities ranging from Bowling to Alton Towers. Lots of fun for our Kinship Families. For more information regarding Kinship Care Liverpool please go to our website https://kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk/Follow https://kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk/ Follow us on Facebook (Kinship Care …
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In this episode I look at the issue of “what to tell a child about their past” or “to tell or not to tell”. It is a hard part and if this is something you struggle with please ask and Google Lifestories for more information. For more information regarding Kinship Care Liverpool please go to our website https://kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk/Follow ht…
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In this episode I read an extract of a book I am writing about Kinship Care. This is an early thing and a long way from being completed, but if you have any thoughts or want to hear more please let me know. For more information regarding Kinship Care Liverpool please go to our website https://kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk/Follow https://kinshipcarer…
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In this episode I look at the importance of applying for Child Benefit when you are a Kinship Carer. For more information about Child Benefit go to this website https://www.gov.uk/child-benefit For more information regarding Kinship Care Liverpool please go to our website https://kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk/Follow https://kinshipcarersliverpool.co…
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In this episode I look at the services that may not get as much attention that we offer in Kinship Care Liverpool. This includes the bespoke help by our staff to help with specific issues or queries. If you feel that you need more help why not ask for a meeting with one of the team to discuss anything . For more information regarding Kinship Care L…
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In this episode I reveal one of the most important things you should know as a Kinship Carer. Once you know this... it will be one of the most powerful things you can know. For more information regarding Kinship Care Liverpool please go to our website https://kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk/Follow https://kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk/ Follow us on Fac…
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In this episode I review the new book by Holly Marlow Adoption After a Biological Child. This looks at the UK care system and the problems it faces. She also covers aspects of Kinship during this process. For more information visit her website at https://hollymarlow.com/ For more information regarding Kinship Care Liverpool please go to our website…
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Today I look at the pros and cons of the Family Group Conference which most Kinship Families will be a part of. It was recently featured in the following episode of Eastenders which you can watch on the BBC IPlayer EastEnders, 04/07/2023: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001nk3z via @bbciplayer For more information regarding Kinship Care Liverpool pl…
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Today I look at the current Forced Out campaign looking at helping get Kinship Carers who come out of work to get paid leave. This is an important issue that needs to be addressed for all future and current Kinship Carers. To read more the information is here https://kinship.org.uk/forced-out/ To sign the petition https://secure.kinship.org.uk/page…
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Today I look at the Summer Activities for August 2023 available for our Kinship Families in Liverpool. If you want to attend any contact the office or through social media and we will give you the rest of the details. For more information regarding Kinship Care Liverpool please go to our website https://kinshipcarersliverpool.co.uk/Follow https://k…
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In this secind of two episodes I look at the minefield that is Taxes. As many of us have Kin Kids about to take a step into the workplace do we even know how tax works? Hopefully this will answer any questions you might have. For more information the best place to start is the HMRC official Gov website https://www.gov.uk/log-in-register-hmrc-online…
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