Caring challenges

Grandcare members with co-ordinator Susan Baile (back row, middle).
Grandcare members with co-ordinator Susan Baile (back row, middle).

Grandcare has been operating in the region for 10 years and has 20 members. The support group meets at Wanslea in Mandurah once a month.

At last week’s meeting, members discussed the impact of trauma on children in the early years.

The group was told drugs and alcohol were the reason many local parents were unable to care for their children.

Grandparents discussed custody issues, the difficulty in getting passports for their grandchildren and their fears for the future.

They also spoke about the support they received from local school teachers and their pride in their grandchildren’s achievements.

Dot Gibbins said there were ‘a lot of tears’ at some meetings.

‘But it is good to know you are not alone’