$50 voucher helps grandparents

GRANDPARENTS on the Tweed who are the primary carers of grandkids are being helped with back-to-school costs with $50 Target gift vouchers.

It is the fourth year the Northern Rivers Community Foundation has arranged $25,000 in vouchers for grand-carers.

The foundation’s managing director Dona Graham said the program acknowledged the role and contribution of grandparents who acted as primary carers for their school-aged grandchildren by providing a $50 Target gift voucher for each school-aged grandchild in their care.

“The gift vouchers are intended to assist primary grand-carers with the back-to-school expenses in term one,” she said.

Ms Graham said the program was being administered by the regional Disability and Aged Information Service Inc. and would assist more than 700 households in this region where grandparents were the primary carers of their grandchildren.

“Few grand-carers have a financial nest egg to draw on for the extra costs in raising a grandchild, and many are reliant on just the aged pension for an income,” Ms Graham said.

“Over the next fortnight schools in the region will distribute one $50 Target gift voucher to each eligible primary or secondary school-age grandchild identified by them as being in the in the care of their grandparents.”

“Few grand-carers have a financial nest egg”.



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