West Glasgow Grandparent Carers Support Group
West Glasgow Grandparent Carers Support Group (WGGSG) meets every two weeks on Thursday Mornings 10am-12pm at Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre. Meetings are non denominational and are open to all Kinship Carers in the West Glasgow area. For further information please contact the above number.
What do we do?
We are a group of grandparent’s and extended family members (Kinship Carers) who set up as a group in an attempt to make things easier for all people in our situation here in the West. Our members may or may not have formal guardianship of the children/young people but all are the main carers.
Our aims are to:
- Benefit children in our care
- Make changes for carers
- Organise social activities
- Provide each other with confidence and mutual support
The advantages of Kinship Care are that this allows children and young people to live with people they know and trust and so enables children and young people to maintain family relationships and identity.
Our group meets every fortnight and involves sharing our experiences, fundraising, organising speakers on specific topics, also discussing ways to influence local services and canvassing local politicians to ensure kinship care has the recognition it deserves.
Meetings are a safe space where kinship carers can discuss issues that affect their lives and get support from other group members. We also discuss policies that affect kinship carers both nationally and locally. We take part in campaigns which are about getting better support and services for kinship carers and the children we are caring for. To take part in these campaigns we sometimes link up with other groups in Glasgow.
In addition to campaigns we also organise social activities for the children and their kinship carer such as outings to Louden Castle, Blair Drummond Safari Park, Xmas panto & meal. These activities have included residential trips to Blackpool and educational trips to Centre Parcs.
We also have links with agencies who provide support for kinship carers such as:
- Geeza Break
- Family Addiction Support Service ( FASS)
- West Street
- D.R.C. Regenerations
- Notre dame Centre