Some of out team were at a conference recently, listening to a very lively speaker from The Grandparents Association.
This UK charity specifically supports the older members of family groups and their concerns, offering information and advice across a number of themes – childcare, finance and benefits and the role of the grandparent in general.
This set us thinking about the work of grandparents and the care of children, in even the most well organised and supported communities.
In these days of community outreach by many organisations, SureStart, the local authority and welfare support in general – the grandparent can often, as a group in society, still provide front line care for young children, advice to younger parents and siblings – as well as coping with their own pressures around housing, health and finance.
Next time you see them, thank the grandparents – they do a lot we know – why not get them a membership subscription for Christmas too?