Te Tautoko i ngā Tūpuna, Mātua, me te Whānau,
i roto i ngā mahi tiaki Mokopuna i ngā rā ō mua, ināianei,
me ngā rā kei te heke mai.
Supporting Grandparents/kin and grandchildren/kin children.
Our past, present and future.
Hot line: Free phone for carers 0800 472 637 ext. 1
Welcome to our Website:
Winner Mitre 10 Community of the year 2013
We are a non-profit Charitable Trust, based in New Zealand, established to support Grandparents/kin who are raising Grandchildren/whanau children.
Provide support services that help to reduce stress, promote and preserve the wellbeing of families/whanau and maximise stability in the lives of grandparents, kincarers and children in circumstances where the children are not being raised by their parents.
- Provide support to grandparents/kin who are primary caregivers
- Provide opportunity for grandchildren/kin to interact with others in the same situation
- Raise awareness as to the role of the grandparents/kin in the primary caregiving role
- Undertake research to establish the depth of grandparents/kin in the primary caregiver role in New Zealand and respond accordingly
- Facilitate change in the legal and regulatory environment for children and caregivers
Di Vivian Members Support Manager and founding member at local GRG picnic
Geoff Lawson Chief Executive Officer
When in 1997, Diane Vivian took over the care of her small, traumatised grandchildren, she could not believe the stress she encountered.
Setting about to discover what help or support was available in 1999, she found there was none! She decided there must be many others in her position and put an ad in the paper. The phone did not stop ringing. A need had been identified. In consultation with Jill Nerheny, the Birkenhead /Northcote Community Co-ordinator, a support group was set up under the controller of the Community Facilities Trust. A public meeting was held and they knew they had a tiger by the tail. As the group grew they spent many months venting, weeping, sharing and building trust. The group set the objectives and a vision statement which now form the founding document and guiding principles of all the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Groups or Grandparents and Kincare Groups.
Today there are many support groups throughout the country, reaching from the Far North to Invercargill in the South. Membership grows daily. Groups actively lobby parliament, network with other communities and speak to many community organizations.
They strive to make a difference for all grand/kinchildren and grandparents/kin who care about them.
The organisation salutes all Grandparents/kin who have taken in Grand/kinchildren and put the needs of those precious ones before their own. You are indeed doing angels' work here on earth. Together we have made a difference in a child's life.
CEO of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ
Geoff Lawson email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ph 09 360 8690 Cell 021 727 004.
Offical F/b page for us is www.facebook.com/grg.org.nz
The GRG Trust NZ Board is aware that a website has been started up by a Wellington-based person. Please be advised that we are NOT associated with this web site at all DOES NOT represent our organisation.
The name given to the website is very similar to ours and is causing confusion to people.
A "GRAND" MOTHER
God's special gift to children
Who need a mother's love
Part Grandma and part angel
A treasure from above
Her heart is filled with anguish
Because of the children's loss
So now she shields their heartstrings
Protects them at all cost
God blesses all Grand-Mothers
Because He knows they care
And so they raise God's children
To live, to love, to share
So if you are "Grand"Mother
To grandchild, nephew or niece
The Lord will help and guide you
And give you an everlasting peace!
Louise Eagle © 2009
May Newsletter 2013
NZ Government announce in Budget May 16 2013: 35Mil over 4 years allocated to grandparents raising grandchildren and whanau carers. An advisor panel has been set up of which Di will represent GRG Trust.
What to do when things do not turn out as expected?
Little one's returning from access visits, be alert and trust your instincts.
Read about 'Growing old and raising grandchildren' A poignant and reality check from this grandma on how it is or can be. Well worth the read.
Variety sponsorship for grandchildren you are raising is still available, apply for applications now.
Nation-wide free July Kiszacool holiday programmes, get in early please www.standforchildren.org.nz to download application forms. Sadly Whanagarei camps for July have been cancelled.
Read the latest on the Legal Aid Amendment Bill in this newsletter.
GRG Chair Diane Vivian was interviewed on NewstalkZB about the win. Click on the link below to hear Diane's interview
Click here to listen to the interview
GRG feature on Campbell Live. Click on the links to view this fantastic exposure for GRG
Our grandchildren speak
Embracing parenting for a second time
"Embracing parenting a second time"
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Feeling down or just overwhelmed? Listen to our talking books to left on main menu under Happy Stories; they will make you smile.
Kincarers of family children are welcome to join us. The same applies if you think you will be taking on children, we would rather you be informed before the event, please add the word potential.
Each and everyone one of you are New Zealand heroes, Oh yes you are, you have stopped your lives to hold the hand of a traumatized child/ren. You ARE our heroes.
Never shake a baby
YouTube "Never shake a baby" video featuring two of our grandparent members - courtesy of Starship Foundation.
Click on the link below to view the video:
Power to Protect - the link below will take you to the MSD Power To Protect site for valuable information and helpful on what to do if you think a baby has been shaken.
Can our Field Officers assist you? Please click on Field Officer button in the menu to left of this page.
Caregivers are your grand/kin children under CYF care and protection?If so and you need assistance please phone 0508 227 377 you will be able to speak to a Social Worker if your regular one is not available