Grandparents need our support
COFFS Coast grandparents who are raising children will benefit from the establishment of a peer support group.
The support centre for grandparents is based at the Boambee Memorial Hall and will give grandparent carers a supportive environment to share experiences and build their parenting skills.
The establishment of 25 such groups is part of the Federal Government's $1.2 million investment over four years for the Parenting Resource Centre initiative.
"The Coffs Harbour group gives grandparents who are the full-time carers of children the opportunity to meet with other grandparents who understand their situation and find out about services and assistance available to them," said Senator Matt Thistlethwaite.
"They meet fortnightly with a facilitator who will provide information about support services and resources in their area, while a play helper provides activities for their children.
"Often grandparents have the responsibility of caring for their grandchildren thrust upon them unexpectedly, in which case they need all the help and support they can get."
Across the country, there are some 11,000 families where grandparents are the full-time carers of children.
For more details on MyTime for Grandparents, visit www.mytime.net.au/grandparents or free call 1800 889 997.