That families of children with additional support needs in Scotland will have the information, services and emotional support that they need to care for their children to their best ability.

We will achieve our vision by:

  • Developing and maintaining high quality specialist advocacy services which will be able to support families with complex needs.
  • Expanding our services to meet the demand for advocacy.
  • Campaigning for families of children with additional support needs.

Our organisation’s history:

Kindred started supporting families in 1991, as an information point at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh.  At that time we were known as the Special Needs Information Point (SNIP).  From 1991 – 2007 we continued to work from an office in Rillbank Terrace, mainly providing support to families at the hospital.

In 2007 we were successful in securing a Big Lottery Fund grant of almost £1,000,000 over five years.  The Lottery grant led to expanding the team to 14 members, including a team in Fife. We changed our name to Kindred Advocacy in 2010 in order to widen our appeal.  We now have a team based in Glasgow and we run an advocacy service for the Additional Support Needs Tribunals Scotland (ASNTS) in partnership with the Govan Law Centre.  Our income has increased steadily in the last five years and Kindred currently supports 800 – 900 families a year.

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