Grandparent of the Year Awards to honour contributions
DO you have a grandparent you think is pretty special?
Well now is your chance to show them just how great you think they are.
Nominations are now open for the annual Grandparent of the Year Awards, which recognise grandparents for the extraordinary contributions they make.
Council on the Ageing NSW CEO, Ian Day, believes that the Grandparent of the Year Awards provide an opportunity to communicate the significant impact grandparents have on their families, friends, individuals and the broader community.
"Younger Australians are encouraged to acknowledge the generosity, understanding and loving support grandparents provide. The roles they take on within their families also serve to uphold important community values," Mr Day said.
"The Awards give people a chance to give back to their older loved ones and to recognise what we can learn from them."
"Importantly, the Awards encourage greater intergenerational understanding, and call for people to take the time to nurture their relationshop with their grandparents by nominating their grandparents for an award."
Mr Day said this year the Awards main focus was to invite people to capture and nurture cherished memories with their grandparents.
"We encourage people to make time to cook with their grandparents, or listen to their stories and learn from their adventure," Mr Day said.
"Even activities as simple as this help ensure the legacies of our grandparents are preserved."
Awarded to three extraordinary individuals for the invaluable care and guidance they provide in the community, the Grandparent of the Year Awards are given across three categories:
• Grandparent Carer of the Year - for a grandparent you know who is also the primary carer of their grandchild/ren.
• Community Grandparent of the Year - for a grandparent you know who has made an exceptional contribution by volunteering their time to activities that support their community or their grandchild/ren.
• Grand Friend of the Year - for a senior member/elder in a community who is involved in activities in which they play a mentor role to younger people in the community. This person doesn't need to be a grandparent, rather someone who has had an impact on your life, or the life of younger people you know.
Nominations are open now until September 29.
For more information or to place your nomination, visit the Grandparents Day website.