Call for donations to help local grand-carers

FINANCIAL support for grand-carers is at risk following a funding cut.

The Northern Rivers Community Foundation has attracted funding for more than eight years to support people who have become the primary carers of their grandchildren.

The annual funding of about $35,000, provided by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal,has been reduced to $20,000 in 2016.

Northern Rivers Community Foundation deputy chair and managing director, Dona Graham, has called out to community members to consider financially supporting local grand-carers.
Northern Rivers Community Foundation deputy chair and managing director, Dona Graham, has called out to community members to consider financially supporting local grand-carers. Contributed

"We are most appreciative of the work FRRR does to attract the funding in the first place," NRCF deputy chairwoman and managing director Dona Graham said.

"But FRRR's own funding levels for the program are significantly lower than last year, which has critically impacted on its ability to meet requests from community foundations like the NRCF."

As someone who was largely raised by her grandparents, Ms Graham feels particularly close to this issue.

"I can really see that a grand-carer or grandparent is a child's link to history and I think they're also a pathway to their future, and I think it pays beautiful dividends if we can invest in grand-carers to keep on caring," she said.

"As a grandparent you hope and expect to have time in your grandchild's life, but to actually take on the full time care ... could you imagine being 70 years old (and) dealing with tantrums ... and kids going through puberty?"

Ms Graham is calling on grandparents and grandchildren in particular to support NRCF by making a donation towards vouchers for local grand-carers.

"Please consider making a donation so we can purchase the additional vouchers we need," she said.

"These 50 dollar vouchers don't sound like much but they go directly to the grandparent.

"A lot of them are on a pension, so it's a constant struggle to find money for even the basics."

Donations can be sent to the NRCF at PO Box 1426, Ballina, 2478, or made online.



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