Kindred’s service is available to parents and carers of children with additional support needs aged 0 – 18 years.

Our vision is 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.

Intrinsic to our ethos and service to parents is upholding and promoting the rights of all children as set out in the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).This is underlined by our commitment to the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 legislation. As such all our staff have undertaken the Scottish Government’s Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA) training.

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.  Our income has increased steadily in the last five years and Kindred currently supports 800 – 900 families a year.