the kinship carers team

Our Team


Pauline Thornley – Project Coordinator

I am the project Coordinator and have extensive experience and expertise in Family Support, drugs and alcohol misuse support services.  I Have over 10 years’ experience of outreach youth work within the city. I have a BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice and level 1 & 2 counseling.

I started work working for PADA in 1999 and quite early on we identified that lots of the parents we were supporting were raising their grandchildren with no support at all.  We set out developing our project to meet the needs of our families, changing our name to Kinship Carers in 2006 to reflect this.

Recognising that it was not just grandparents who were kin carers, we developed services for the whole family – within the three strands of Kin Carers, Kin Kids and Intergenerational work.  We have always been grass roots and led by our families.

I am now working with a team and the future of this project is expanding, with very exciting times ahead.


Sue Atkinson – Kinship Carers Worker

My name is Sue Atkinson and I am the adult Support Worker at Kinship Carers . My background is in Health and Social Care.

I worked as a Ward Clerk in Liverpool Women’s Hospital for 10 years on a busy Labour ward. I then moved to A Drug Dependency unit and worked there for seven years, firstly as an administrator, then did distance learning with Open University and gained a Health and Social Work Qualification. This enabled me to become a key worker, working with adults with Substance Misuse issues  for nine years before working at Kinship Carers.

I have been a volunteer for 17 years in a family contact centre which enables children to have contact with non resident family members.
I have enjoyed all these varying roles, supporting individuals in many different ways


Chris Lewis – Young Peoples Worker

My name is Christine Lewis, I have worked with children and young people for 34 years across a variety of projects.  For the past 12 years I have worked in Family Support,  I work with families in their own home helping them to find solutions to their issues, which in turn enables them to cope long term.

This improves the outcomes for the children so they can achieve in school and helps them to make friends, making a happier child.   


Eva Dean – Business Support Officer

I have worked for Kinship Carers since May 2015.  I have worked in Administration for over 20years with the Local Authority and other charities.  I enjoy my work, it’s often very different from week to week, and I enjoy all the varied activities I get involved in with Kinship Carers.

The kinship carers are a very supportive and inspiring group of people who have made me feel very welcome and are always on hand when I need help/assistance with any aspect of activities.  I am looking forward to the exciting future ahead with the project.


Do you need some support and a listening ear? Pauline and Sue can offer 1-1 support. We run workshops on relevant issues affecting Kinship carers.

If the child you care for is having problems at school, Christine can support you attending meetings and will work with the child in school, and on a 1-1 basis, helping improve their self-esteem and confidence.

Christine also runs a social, emotional and learning group called ’SEAL’ your child/ren can get involved in the group with other children with similar issues, the sessions are designed to help improve their emotional health and wellbeing and offer them strategies to be able to cope with whatever is worrying them about their situation.