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.


 

Are You A Grandparent

Dr. Rebekah Doley, an assistant professor and researcher at Bond University is conducting a study of the health and wellbeing of grandparents raising their grandchildren. The results will be used to highlight resourcing needs for this important group of carers in our community. . If you are currently caring for grandchildren on either a full-time or part-time basis, and are willing to talk about your experiences, please contact her on: Tel: 07 5595 1344 or email her at rdoley@bond.edu.au. Participation should take approximately 60-90 minutes of your time, and will involve a brief interview and completion of some short questionnaires. A $10 Coles gift card will also be provided to each grandparent participating.

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

Atherton Tablelands -  Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Phone  callers to ask for 'Grandparents Raising Grandchildren' (07)4091 3850

Monthly support meetings for grandparents raising their grandchildren


Cairns - MyTime for Grandparents

Phone Anne Gooley on 1800 171 882

Fortnightly meetings for support, care and advice whilst children supervised


Mareeba - Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Phone Megan Payne on (07) 4091 3850
Email: fshadmin@cst.org.au

Monthly support meetings for grandparents raising their grandchildren


Townsville - Indigenous MyTime for Grandparents

Phone Anne Gooley on 1800 171 882

Fortnightly meetings for support, care and advice whilst children supervised


Central Queensland and Wide Bay

Hervey Bay -  Grandparents United

Phone Community Solutions on (07) 4197 3157 - ask for the Grandparents United Group
Email: tracy.hetherton@communitysolutions.org.au

Monthly informal support meetings with other grandparent carers


 Rockhampton -  Grandparents Support Group

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

Weekly meetings for information, support and companionship


 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 Margaret (President) on Ph (07) 0427 516 696

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 


 Maroochydore - Children in Grandparents Care Inc

Phone (07) 5480457 864 001 or 0478 789 395

Helps meet the needs of children raised by their grandparents. Occasional material support available. Please ring to register.


 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

Deception Bay - MyTime for Grandparents

Phone Anne Gooley on Ph 1800 171 882

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


Ipswich - MyTime for Grandparents

Phone Anne Gooley on Ph 1800 171 882

Fortnightly meetings for support, care and advice whilst children supervised


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


Logan - MyTime for Grandparents

Phone Anne Gooley on Ph 1800 171 882

Fortnightly meetings for support, care and advice whilst children supervised


Zillmere - Indigenous MyTime for Grandparents

Phone Anne Gooley on Ph 1800 171 882

Fortnightly meetings for support, care and advice whilst children supervised. Transport may be available –please enquire if you require transport.


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 - MyTime for Grandparents

Anne Gooley on Ph 1800 171 882

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 - MyTime for Grandparents

Anne Gooley on Ph 1800 171 882

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.


Any Grandparents who are the primary carers, whether by formal or informal arrangement of children up to age 18 are eligible to attend new support groups established throughout the state.

These support groups are called “MyTime for Grandparents” and will provide an opportunity for new groups of participants who don’t have many services developed just for them, to come together every few weeks to support one another, share ideas and learn more about the range of services in their areas.

The Parenting Research Centre is the national coordinator of MyTime for grandparents on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Playgroup Queensland is proud to be able to deliver this service to eight (8) regions throughout the state.

Today more grandparents are spending their retirement as the primary carer of their grandchildren as parents pass the responsibility of rearing children to the older generation. Evidence from a range of sources indicate that in Australia the number of grandparents raising grandchildren is growing substantially in line with international trends and most have had to give up their retirement plans in order to raise their grandchildren

Grandparents are often the unsung heroes as they struggle to meet not only the responsibility for their grandchildren’s well-being, but also the financial burden of raising grandchildren.

MyTime for grandparents, in a small way, provides support and friendship to people who previously haven’t needed services but now want advice, care and support.

Email: agooley@playgroupqld.com.au
Ph: 1800 171 882 or 07 3855 9600

To find out if there is a group in your area please call the above number or call the Time for Grandparents Program on 1300 135 500

If you know of an event not listed in the calendar, you can email us or call us on 1300 135 500.