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We advocate for grandparent carers on an individual and systemic level.

We know that grandparent carers face many challenges. GRGWA utilises the power of a collective voice to assist grandparent carers. GRGWA offers a space to share lived experiences and access pathways of support. On a federal and state policy level our members inform decision makers about what needs to change so grandparent carers and their grandchildren can be better supported.

Individual advocacy

GRGWA understands that many people in our community are facing multiple challenges.

Many grandparent carers need urgent assurance, information, and support. They often need help navigating government services and supplying identification to access schools and medicare. We do what we can to advise individuals and share what we’ve learnt about how to access what’s needed as easily as possible.

Grandmother being assisted to access services online

Systemic advocacy

In 2021, GRGWA President Jan Standen become WA Senior of the Year and is in the running for 2022 Senior Australian of the Year.

Our Fairer Future campaign directly hits the inboxes of politicians and political parties all around the country and last year a WA Parliamentary Friends of Grandparent Carers group was launched. We meet with members of parliament, departmental decision makers, non profit allies, and Ministers to advocate directly to those with power to influence policy changes. Our members stories have been featured on national and prime time radio asking for change and talking about GRGWA.

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Useful information

Carers WA 1300 227 377
Centrelink Grandparent Adviser 1800 245 965
Citizen Advice Bureau of WA (08) 9221 5711
Cota (08) 9321 2133
Cyrenian House (08) 9328 9200
Department of Child Protection (08) 9222 2555
Family Assist Office 136 150
Family Help Line (08) 9223 1100
Grandcarers Support Scheme 1800 794 909
Holyoake (08) 9416 4444
Ngala (08) 9368 9368
Palmerston Association Inc (08) 9328 7355
Parent Drug Information Service (08) 9442 5050
Parenting WA (08) 6279 1200
Salvation Army 137 258
Seniors Card WA (08) 6551 8700
Wanslea (08) 9245 2441 or 1800 008 323