Grandparent Support Groups

Having the full time care of your grandchildren can be very rewarding but also challenging. Grandparents sometimes feel physically and emotionally drained by their caring role and at times, they may question themselves about their ability to keep on coping. With the demands of being a parent for the second time, friendships with others of a similar age can be difficult to maintain and grandparents can begin to feel socially isolated.

Joining a grandparent support group can be a way of forming new friendships and having access to information and the wisdom of other grandparents who are also raising grandchildren. Often support groups also organise social activities. The support of others can assist grandparents to continue to have the energy to keep on care giving.


Grandparent Support Groups

Below are listed the contact numbers for various grandparent support groups throught the state of QLD. These groups are a great source of contact for grandparents wanting to meet others in similar situations. Support groups can help you to:


Grandparent Support Groups in Queensland

North Queensland

Townsville - Grandparent Support Group

Fortnightly meetings for support, care and advice whilst children are supervised

Phone Hazel Illin on 07 4725 7744


 

Central QLD and Wide Bay

 Rockhampton -  Grandparents Support Group

Phone Louise on Ph (07) 4926 5007
Email: ronje1@optusnet.com.au

Weekly meetings for information, support and companionship

Hervey Bay - Wide Bay Support 4 Grandparents & Carers

Phone Karen Rogers on 0457 857 457

Email: kazzarogers_6439@msn.com

Fortnightly meetings for support, care and advice whilst children are supervised 


 Sunshine Coast

Bokarina - Grandparents as Parents

Phone Donna on Ph (07) 5413 1555

Fortnightly meetings for support, information and companionship 


Caboolture - Grandparents and Grandchildren

Phone Lynn on 0407 251 274

Regular meetings for information, support, referrals and advocacy. Annual membership fee: $30 couples or $20 singles


Gympie - Grandparents and Grandchildren

Phone (07) 5482 9012

Regular meetings and suport for grandparent carers 


 Buderim - Grandparents Raising Children Playgroup

Phone Michelle Poole on (07) 5453 4938
Email: mpoole@playgroupqld.com.au

Weekly playgroup for any grandparent providing care for their grandchildren under school age. Grandparents only to obtain support and interaction from like-minded people.


Brisbane & West Moreton

Ascot - Playgroup QLD

Playgourp Queensland's frist playgroup for Grandparents is about to open it's doors in Ascot. It is a wonderful way for you to socialise with other grandparents and for your grandchildren to enjoy spending time with other children.

Starts Monday 27th July from 9:30am to 11 am and then every Monday for the rest of the school term

Where: Ascot community Centre, 77 Kitchener Road, Ascot

Cost: $20 for a 6 month membership. Welcome morning tea provided for grandparents; please supply morning tea for your grandchildren.

For more information call 1800 171 882 or log on to the website at www.playgroupqld.com.au 


 

Deception Bay - Grandparents Support Group

Phone 07 3204 2022

Fortnightly meetings for support, care and advice whilst children supervised


 Eagleby -  KinKare

Phone (07) 3287 1664
Web: http://www.kinkare.com.au

Regular meetings for grandparents and kin carers for information and social support


 

Redcliffe - Grandparents and Grandchildren:

Phone Margaret on Ph. 0427 516 696

Regular meetings for information, support, referrals and   advocacy. Annual membership fee:  $30 couples/ $20 singles


 

Zillmere - Murri Connections

Phone Tess Rowley at Centacare on (07) 3252 4371

Regular meetings for all Indigenous carers, including grandparent carers


Toowoomba & South West QLD

Toowoomba - Grandparents Support Group

Phone: May Benstead on 0439 717 586

Fortnightly meetings for support, care and advice whilst children supervised


Gold Coast

Broadbeach Waters – Grandparents and Grandkids Support

Phone  (07) 5504 6178

Information and support for grandparent carers, regular meetings if in demand


 Labrador - Grandparents Support Group

Phone Margo Knox on 0409 476 803

Email: margoknox@margoknox.com

Fortnightly meetings for support, care and advice whilst children supervised


 Studio Village/Oxenford - Grandparents Raising Children

Phone Nikki or Belinda on (07) 5529 8253
Email: family@studiovillage.com.au

Weekly playgroup for grandparents raising their grandchildren to build social connections and support the child’s development.