Kinnections project opens in Northern Ireland

3rd November 2015

On 2nd November Kinnections, a joint project between Kinship Care Northern Ireland and Buttle UK, was formally opened in Magherafelt, County Derry.

Buttle UK is delighted to be working in partnership with Kinship Care Northern Ireland, and through this to have developed and launched the Kinnections project.  The work will support the positive outcomes of children aged 0-12 by giving them and their carers access to better emotional and financial support.  The project is being funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

Kinnections was officially opened by the Director of the Big Lottery Fund NI, Joanne McDowell,and the Children’s Commissioner for Northern Ireland, Koulla Yiasouma.

The project will offer advice, training, family support through Kinship Care Northern Ireland, as well as a financial support delivered by Buttle UK, to kinship carers and their children in Belfast, Larne, Newtownabbey, Lisburn, Ballymena and Carrickfergus.  The work aims to engage and work with 500 kinship caregivers, reaching over 700 children in the next 5 years.

Through the Kinnections project we are supplementing the work of Kinship Care Northern Ireland’s on-the-ground support network by providing essential items.  A lot of kinship carers are struggling financially, often taking on the care of a child at short notice, which puts them under incredible pressure.  By helping to with the costs of expenditure such as a new washing machine when the old one has broken down, or a bed for the child when they first arrive, it can make a real difference.

Gerri McAndrew, chief executive of Buttle UK

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