Kinfest was created by some visionary kinship carers who saw a need to support kinship carers who at times are isolated because of their circumstances.
Kinship carers are ordinary, caring people, either family or friends who take on the responsibility of caring full time for children who otherwise might have gone into the local authority care system, and in some cases take children out of the care system.
Media talk about the foster care system being in crisis, with around 80,000 children being 'looked after' by local authorities, but consider the number of children who are cared for by their extended family and family friends, this is four times that figure.
Often the needs of the children are as acute as those of children in foster care, some with emotional, physical and cognitive additional needs. Because of the system those in kinship care do not have access to those resources that are available to foster children.
Therefore carers are left alone, to battle for these children, sometimes against the agencies that are meant to be helping them.
Kinfest supports these families in a unique way, by providing a community to support the carers and children, to tackle the loneliness and isolation, with support networks, days out, Christmas lunch and group holidays.