Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 13:25
"From numerous conversations with grandparents on a range of difficult situations regarding contact with, or having parental responsibility for, their grandchildren, we know that finding a place where you can be with other grandparents in the same situation can make a real difference. We hope we can help you do just that," says Lynn Chesterman of the Grandparents' Association.
The Grandparents’ Association runs a number of support groups, but can also help set up a new one in your area.
Are you a grandparent who is raising your grandchild?
‘The group is about getting together, having a moan, having a laugh and getting some support. It lets the children get together too.’
Or are currently denied contact with your grandchildren?
'The important word is support, we are there to support each other in any way we can, and to rejoice when our goal is reached, being in contact with the future, our grandchildren.'
Perhaps you a grandparent looking after a grandchild and seeking a grandparent & toddler group to attend?
‘It would be so nice to take my little granddaughter to a group which is specially for us – for grandparents and grandchildren. I feel so out of place in the ordinary toddler groups – the mums seem so young!’
SEARCH OUR EXISTING SUPPORT GROUPS
"Are you a grandparent who is raising your grandchild or are currently denied contact with them? Are you feeling isolated and wanting to share your experiences and to find out how others cope? Are you a grandparent who is provides childcare for your grandchild?"
We are actively involved with several support groups for carers, as well as those with no contact, which meet up around the UK. We are also actively involved with several grandparent & toddler groups which meet up around the UK. The lists is maintained regularly. We rely on volunteers running groups with some help from our National Development Officer.
Find out if there is a group in your area
STARTING UP A GRANDPARENT AND TODDLER GROUP
"It would be so nice to take my little granddaughter to a group which is specially for us – for grandparents and grandchildren. I feel so out of place in the ordinary toddler groups – the mums seem so young!"
- Free practical tool kit guide to setting up a grandparent & toddler group
- Q&A's for grandparents starting a grandparent and toddler group
- Articles on grandparent & toddler groups
Find out about starting up your own Grandparent & Toddler Group
HOW TO FIND OUT ABOUT LOCAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN
Your Family Information Service (FIS) is the best place to get information on all local children’s services. They can tell you about activities such as toddler groups, music sessions, sports activities, children’s centres, specific activities for disabled children and will also have lists of registered childcare in your area. They will be able to advise you on what help there is to pay for registered childcare as well as provide information on other welfare benefits. You can find contact details for your local Family Information Service (FIS) through your local phone directory or by visiting www.daycaretrust.org.uk/findyourfis.
Visit our NO CONTACT section
Visit our KINSHIP section
Visit our CHILDCARE section
Visit our GRANDPARENT AND TODDLER GROUP section
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