Wallsend Kinship Carers Committee Trustees
WKC needs three further trustees to join WKC existing trustees. Depending on their own wishes they may be purely Committee Trustees attending meetings approx. every 3 months. Or, if they wish to be more involved, they could attend the fortnightly group meetings with mainly the carers. These are mutual supporting gatherings over a cup of coffee. These meetings are currently taking place remotely. Sometimes interesting activities are organised and sometimes speakers on helpful subjects are invited. Kinship Caring is a stressful activity and when amongst other carers they relax knowing they are among friends who have similar problems – an opportunity to let their hair down.
During school holidays weekly activities are planned hopefully outside. If new Trustees would like to help on these occasions, they would be made very welcome.
About Wallsend Kinship Carers
This support network is open to mostly grandparents caring permanently for their often damaged or traumatised grandchildren, other family members or even friends may be included. Meetings are held regularly once a fortnight on a Friday, weekly during school holidays. Members benefit from meeting other members in the same situation to share experience and give support. Often, they have speakers with relevant subject matter. During school holidays entertainment or activities are provided for the children in their care. Sadly, their grandparents have limited financial support and find the high level of care required totally exhausting.
What skills do I need?
We are a group of mainly grandparents, but occasionally other family/friends who care for children whose parents are unable to keep their children due to drugs, alcohol or even prison. Often these children have been traumatised by their early life experience and suffer from problems on the Autistic spectrum.
Ideally our new Trustees will be fond of children and might be willing to assist in group activities. They have to be aware of safeguarding issues especially with damaged children.
We are currently without a secretary and this requires taking minutes and preparing for meetings, correspondence and helping with planning trips, entertainment and activities. There is a group Laptop and printer for the use of the Secretary.
- Age restrictions
- Child Protection Policy (where relevant)
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
As a charity we have to raise all funds – out of pocket expenses will be refunded.
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
All existing Trustees will be keen to familiarise new members.
- Training provided
Reading material will be offered to familiarise new members with the group’s circumstances.
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
We meet in St Luke’s Church Hall fortnightly but many school holiday activities take place outside, in parks, country walks and beach activities. Ideally, we would like two new trustees to join the 4 existing Trustees – if one was interested in becoming secretary that would be ideal
North Tyneside VODA
Victims First Northumbria NT
St Luke's Church Lunch Club
Friends Action North East