Brisbane Grandparent’s Playgroup – A Place to Make Friends!
Are you a grandparent looking for a fun, sociable experience to enjoy with your grandkids? On the 27th of July Playgroup Queensland launched a ‘grandparent’s only playgroup’ at the Ascot Community Centre. The playgroup will be held on Mondays from 9:30-11:00am coinciding with the school term. If the pilot program gains enough members it is hoped to be expanded, with ‘grandparent’s only playgroups’ being run throughout Brisbane and hopefully across the state of Queensland.
A Place to Build Relationships
More and more grandparents are becoming actively involved in caring for their grandchildren, particularly with building childcare costs. It may be anywhere from one day a week so mums and dads can go back to work, through to full time care arrangements for those parents needing extra support in childrearing. Many grandparents know the benefits of socialisation for their grandchildren, which is why they attend. Those who attend would also like to meet likeminded adults, building support networks and friendships.
Children who attend the playgroup will start their journey of lifelong learning, benefiting from the resources and support on offer. The playgroup also provides grandparents with another way to entertain their grandkids. As a grandparent you are a great role model, showing the little ones how to socialise. You may also promote your cultural values, showing the next generation the significance of your culture in the broader community.
A 6 month membership fee of $20 includes a cup of coffee or tea to enjoy while watching the grandkids play. Just pack some healthy snacks for the little ones and you can spend an hour and a half catching up with other grandparents in your community. This will also provide your grandkids with that much needed time to learn the art of communication through play.
Never underestimate the power of grand-parenting…
- Grandparents take on the role of teacher, enhancing their grandchildren’s understanding of the world around them.
- Children help adults to see the world through fresh eyes once more.
- The simple experiences of life can be enjoyed with renewed pleasure such as music, reading, games and the great outdoors.
- Grandparents also provide that extra support network for new parents.
Visit www.playgroupqueensland.com.au for more information or phone Anne Gooley on 1800 171 882
Other Grandparent Support Groups in Brisbane
Deception Bay – Grandparents Support Group
Phone 07 3204 2022
Fortnightly meetings for support, care and advice whilst children supervised
Eagleby – KinKare
Phone: Marie (07) 3287 1664
Meetings on 2nd Friday every month (except school & public holidays). Peer support group for both grandparents caring full time and those denied a relationship with their grandchildren.
Grandparents Playgroup at the Encircle Lawnton Neighbourhood Centre:
Phone(07) 3889 0063 firstname.lastname@example.org
This group starts on the 10th August 2016 and will continue to meet every week from 9:30am – 11:30am. There will be information and support and a grandchildren’s playgroup. It is gold coin donation each week.
Redcliffe – Grandparents and Grandchildren:
Phone Margaret on Ph. 0427 516 696
Regular meetings for information, support, referrals and advocacy. Annual membership fee: $30 couples/ $20 singles.