Applications opened today for Western Australia’s first Grandcarers Support Scheme, which will offer financial assistance to an estimated 2,500 grandparents who care full-time for their grandchildren.
Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson urged grandcarers to apply for the funding – a $400 payment for the first child under 16 and $250 each for other children, to help buy books and uniforms for the new school year.
“After raising their own children, some grandparents take on the demanding and costly role of caring for their grandchildren full-time,” Mr Simpson said. “This Government recognises the tremendous sacrifices that grandcarers make, often having to change their plans for the future to look after grandchildren. Every eligible grandparent who applies will receive financial support through this scheme.”
The Minister also announced a further $100,000 for Wanslea Family Services – the community organisation administering the grandcarers scheme – to expand its range of support services including respite, an information line and nine support groups across WA.
“These funds help Wanslea give more grandparents a break, supporting respite camps, farm stays, retreats and much-needed opportunities for grandcarers to have time out with other grandparents in a similar situation,” he said.
The move is part of a suite of new arrangements to support older West Australians, who make up a growing percentage of the population.
For further information, visit the Wanslea website at http://www.wanslea.asn.au or phone 1800 794 909