GCVS members Family Addiction Support Service (FASS) and Geeza Break have been involved in a partnership with Glasgow City Council’s Children and Families service to provide support to Kinship carers in the city.  In September 2014 they delivered 3 events across the city with the aim of bringing together statutory and voluntary organisations and kinship carers in the North East of Glasgow to inform them of the various organisations that can offer supports to kinship carers in the North East of the city.

Kinship Care is where a child or young person lives full-time or most of the time with a relative because they are unable to live with their birth parents.   This can be an informal or formal arrangement.

There are around 4,000 formal kinship carers in Scotland with an estimated 16,000 informal kinship carers across the country, according to survey carried out by Children 1st.

Over 1 in 10 children in Glasgow are classed as ‘Looked After’ accounting for one-fifth of the Scottish total.  It is estimated that 7,600 children are affected by parental drug use and 9,900 by parental alcohol abuse.

FASS have produced 3 reports evaluating the events:

About the organisations involved

FASS (Family Addiction Support Service) is a registered charity that offers support and services to adult family members who have been affected by a loved one’s alcohol or drug problems. FASS has 21 Support Groups throughout Glasgow affiliated to them; these include Kinship, Bereavement and Family Support Groups. 7 of these are Kinship Support Groups. 2 of which are situated in the North West.

Geeza Break provides family support and flexible respite services to parents and carers with children aged 0 – 16 years who are experiencing addiction, stress, crisis and / or isolation. A large part of their work is providing respite care through the following interventions.

If you would like to get more information on Kinship Care supports or to find out more about these events or any future events please contact:

Marlene Taylor – Service Manager West Street Centre

FASS (Family Addiction Support Service) 123 West Street G5 8BA

TEL: 0141 420 2050 Email: mtaylor@fassglasgow.org

Web: www.fassglasgow.org