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
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.
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
- Encourages positive feelings
- Help to build your resource base.
Grandparent Support Groups in Queensland
CENTRAL QLD & WIDE BAY
Hervey Bay - Wide Bay Support 4 Grandparents & Carers Phone: Karen Rogers 0457 857 457 Email: email@example.com Fortnightly meetings at Hervey Bay RSL for support, care and advice whilst children are being supervised.
Bokarina - Grandparents as Parents
Phone Family Wellbeing Caseworker on Ph (07) 5413 1555
Fortnightly meetings for support, information and companionship
Noosaville State School – Grandparents as Parents Support Group
Phone: Michelle Gameiro (07) 5440 3222
Monthly meetings for grandparents raising grandchildren who attend schools in the local vicinity
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
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
Grandparents Playgroup at the Encircle Lawnton Neighbourhood Centre:
Phone(07) 3889 0063 firstname.lastname@example.org
This group starts on the 10th August 2016 and will continue to meet every week from 9:30am – 11:30am. There will be information and support and a grandchildren’s playgroup. It is gold coin donation each week.
Grandparent Carers Support Group Has Recommenced on the Gold Coast
Maree Newman and Carers Queensland are inviting Grandparent Carers to the Grandparent Carers Support Group on the Gold Coast. The Grandparent Carers Support Group will be held at the Nerang office of Carers Queensland.
Held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 9.30 am to 12 pm at 1/24 Cotton Street, Nerang. Morning tea and an opportunity to meet other Grandparent Carers.
Come along and let us know how you would like us to support you in your role as a Grandparent Carer. Please let us know if you are attending so we have the correct number of fresh scones, jam, cream, coffee, tea and healthy stuff, if that’s your preference. Call Carers Queensland, Nerang office, 07 5596 5726, or Maree Newman 07 5504 6178 email email@example.com Carers QLD look forward to assisting Grandparent Carers with the things that are important to them.