Grandparent support group for new carers starts in Busselton

Taylar AmoniniBusselton Dunsborough Times
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A new support group has been formed for South Went grandparents in the position of being full-time parents once more.

Grandparents as Carers Group is a free group formed this month to provide education and support for grandparents who have taken over primary custody of their grandchildren.

The group, run by social worker Kerry Hawkins with the support of Anglicare, The People Place and the State Government, aims to follow the strategies of the Tuning into Kids/Teens programs.

Ms Hawkins said she kickstarted the group after realising the serious shortfall in grandparent support in the South West.

“I’ve been running groups for parenting connections for quite some time now and I’ve noticed there’s a lot of support for parents, foster parents and children in this space but not grandparents who have taken on the legal care of their grandchildren,” she said.

“Quite often these situations can be overwhelming for all involved so these groups help guide guardians and provide support for attendees — knowing you’re not alone or the only one facing hiccups can make all the difference.”

Held each fortnight until April 8, the group will be guided by the needs of the attendees and open only to those who have the legal care of children.

The next group will be held on February 25 at People Place, 19-21 Kent Street, Busselton.

To book or find more information contact Ms Hawkins on 0438 542 152 or email strawbs99@hotmail.com.

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