Flamingo Land Family Easter Break
A story by Kinship for the Future (North)
Kinship Carers and the children they care for went on a short break to Flamingo Land during the Easter Break in 2016 from Monday to Friday.
The families took part in various activities during the break such as swimming, the Zoo and the entertainment sessions. The peer support provided helped the carers cope better and the break improved their mental and physical well-being.
Our group Kinship for the Future (North) is a peer support group which campaigns for improvements for Kinship Carers. We hold weekly support meetings in the north of Glasgow.
What Flamingo Land Family Easter Break did
The short break took place at Flamingo Land in Yorkshire during the Easter Break 2016 from Monday and Friday. Everyone was involved in the planning of the break, they received a map, contacts list, signposted around the area and information on activities.
Each day had a mixture of activities including swimming, zoo, dancing, singing, kids play area, football and soft play. The families came together in the evening after dinner and during the entertainment making time for peer support.
Looking at photos from the break and remembering all the funny and moving moments helped her better able to cope in her caring role.
What Kinship for the Future (North) has learnedAs the Kinship Carers observe the children getting older they see better bonding between them as they understand they are in the same situations and there is no stigma when they are together. Flamingo Land was very successful as a location for a short break. The group would go again to Flamingo land.
New Kinship carers can be very vulnerable. Encouragement and helping new carers can help them feel part of things.