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, 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 in Queensland
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:
- Reduce your stress
- Develop a support network with similar people
- Encourage positive feelings
- Help to build your resource base.
Disclaimer: This information is correct to the best of our knowledge, however support groups can change unexpectedly so if you do encounter an error please feel free to let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 1300 135 500.
Buderim - Grandparents Raising Children Playgroup
Phone Michelle Poole on (07) 5453 4938 Email: email@example.com
Weekly playgroup for any grandparent providing care for their grandchildren under school age to obtain support and interaction from like-minded people.
Brisbane and West Moreton
Ipswich - Time for Grandparents - Grandparent Support Group
Phone Dulcie on 1300 135 500
Fortnightly meetings held on Wednesday from 10am - 11.30am. Join other grandparents for conversation, information and peer support.
Hendra - Grandparents Playgroup
Phone: Susanna 0404 176 726
Ages 0-5 years. $5 per session. Monday 9.30am. Come along to our Grandparents Playgroup. Playgroup is a wonderful way for you to socialise with other Grandparents and for your Grandchildren to enjoy spending time with other children. Susanna is the first point of contact but if you do not get a response please call Barbara: 0420 617 274.
Innisfail - Grandparent Peer Support Group
Phone: 0427 406 246
Fortnightly meetings, Wednesday 9.30am. Join other grandparent carers for conversation and peer support. No children in attendance, grandparents only. Social meetings including grandchildren are held at separate times on occassion.
Townsville – Grandparents Connect
Phone: 07 4775 9115
Come and meet other grandparents who are also full time carers of their grandchildren. Morning tea provided.
Central Queensland & Wide Bay
Urangan - Grandparents Support Group
Phone: Anglicare 1300 114 397
Come join us for a cuppa and a chat. We can discuss issues you may be having with your grandkids. Some topics we cover are safe internet use, behavioural issues, diet, and any suggestions and concerns welcome.