Members of the Tweed Grandparents Support group Janet Gough and Anna Wells who have sole care of their grandkids.
Members of the Tweed Grandparents Support group Janet Gough and Anna Wells who have sole care of their grandkids. Blainey Woodham

Grand-carers given gift vouchers

SOME of Tweed’s more elderly heroes have expressed thanks to other community groups, which are helping them in the daily battle to give a good life to children in their care.

Members of the Tweed Valley Kin Care Support Group, which meets in the South Tweed Heads Sports Club on the first Tuesday of each month, have been delighted by $50 gift vouchers to use in Target stores to help them with the back-to-school costs of grandchildren.

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

Kin Care Support Group president Anna Wells said the funds were greatly appreciated by people who were mostly battling instead of retiring.

“It’s not a lot but everything helps,” Mrs Wells said.

She said many of the grandparents in her group found they “virtually have become parents again”.

“A lot of us have had to re-think our plans.”

“You may have made plans to travel when you retire.

"You have to change those plans.”

But despite an often heavy financial burden Mrs Wells said raising children again was “very rewarding”.

Northern Rivers Community Foundation managing director Dona Graham said the program would provide grandparents who act as primary carers for their school-aged grandchildren with a $50 Target gift voucher for each school-aged grandchild in their care.

 

VOUCHER HELP

  • The gift vouchers are intended to assist primary grand-carers with the back to school expenses.
  • It assists more than 700 households in the North Coast region where grandparents are the primary carers of their grandchildren.


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