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Caring Again?

The IELLEN established and led a Grandparents Working Group in 2016, a Group which organised and ran two "Caring Again" forums for grandparents and kinship carers during the year.

The Working Group, and these public events aimed to raise awareness of the challenges when stepping in as a primary care giver; to provide information and resources to this cohort; and to support further advocacy work.

More than seventy people attended the forums, held in April, and again in October.

As Andrew Neophytou (IELLEN CEO) said at these events, "healthy, safe, and loving relationships, a good education, these are things that matter. Children and young people often suffer when there is a fracture in the family".

"There are thousands of grandparents and kinship carers around the nation – wonderful people who are caring again, and they deserve greater acknowledgement and recognition, and ought to have supports available when needed".

Forum attendees heard from representatives from Grandparents Victoria, the Australian Dept of Human Services, the Mirabel Foundation, and from Simon Clarke, a mature aged carer.

At both events these guest speakers took questions and comments from the attendees.

The IELLEN would like to thank the five partner organisations which were members of the Working Group: TaskForce Community Agency, Stonnington Youth Services, Prahran Community Learning Centre, Melbourne Polytechnic, and the City LLEN.

 

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