'Toolbox' offers a quick fix for carers
FOR Dona Graham, who was raised by her grandparents, the Grandparenting Toolbox initiative is 'a way of giving something back' to a growing generation of grandparent carers.
The Toolbox offers a raft of educational, entertainment and health-care tips for grand-carers in a novel recipe card format. The venture is funded by the YWCA and initiated by the Lismore-based Disability and Aged Information Service (DAISI).
Ms Graham, the DAISI chief executive officer, said the resource filled a 'large vacuum of information' for a growing number of grand-carers.
“Child-rearing techniques have changed dramatically in the decades since grandparents last parented,” Ms Graham said.
“Many grand-carers told us of feeling overwhelmed and under-skilled when it comes to raising their grandchildren, particularly those under five years.
“Grand-carers aren't necessarily comfortable in a mother's group. There was really nowhere for grandparent to go for advice.”
The Grandparenting Toolbox aims to be a local resource, covering where to connect with other grand-carers, where to find second-hand baby clothes and information about local toy libraries.
“The recipe card format is familiar with grand-carers. It allows us and grand-carers to quickly and cheaply update and expand the contents to suit individual family needs,” she said.
The toolbox is available free to Lismore grand-carers from the DAISI office at 109 Molesworth Street in Lismore. Grand-carers from other towns in the region can also access the toolbox via their local library and childcare professionals.