Getting into the volunteer spirit with Kindred

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For Volunteer Week 2016, iMultiply Resourcing will be promoting a different charity each day to spread awareness of the great work they do and the positive impact they make.  Our first chosen charity is Kindred.

Kindred are a parent-led Scottish charity which transforms the lives of over 800 children with additional support needs and their families each year. They improve the quality of life for children with disabilities by working with the family as a whole and by providing emotional support, information, and advocacy when it’s needed.

About Kindred

A family's first contact with Kindred can be in the thick of receiving a life changing diagnosis for their child. Kindred provides a caring face and an understanding ear to help parents come to terms with what the future holds for them, their child and the whole family. Other families come to Kindred for help when they are in danger of collapsing under the practical and emotional demands of caring for a child with a profound disability. Kindred can help families apply for emergency grants, disability benefits, and home adaptations to alleviate their situation. They do this by offering practical support with form filling and can accompany families to meetings and where necessary provide advocacy on a child's behalf.

How did it all start?

Kindred started life 24 years ago as parent-to-parent support amongst families whose children were receiving treatment at The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.  Nowadays, they have three workers based at the hospital as well as community-based teams in Edinburgh, Dunfermline and Glasgow who offer face to face and telephone support to families in crisis.  The teams also run support groups for parents and a project supporting families whose children are moving on to adult services. The majority of Kindred frontline staff are parents of children with disabilities.

How can people get involved?

Kindred are always looking for individuals to help fundraise and you can support them in any of the following ways:

1. Support their fundraising efforts by registering to run, walk, swim or cycle at various challenges throughout the coming year.  Perhaps you have registered for one of the big events already and you would like to do it for a good cause?

2. Become a Kindred Ambassador who would encourage the organization they work for or any local group they are part of to adopt Kindred as their chosen charity and to fundraise for them.If you would like to get involved in the in a more hands-on role, Kindred also look for volunteers with the right skills and experience to come into the office regularly to provide general support for fundraising events and other tasks.


Why should someone volunteer for you?

Kindred receives only limited funding from the government and makes up the gaps with contributions from the public as well as the supporters of charitable trusts.  Each year they are reliant on ongoing donations and volunteer support to keep all of their services on the road. 

If you are interested in volunteering for Kindred drop an email to alison.whitaker@kindred-scotland.org