Western Australian grandcarers will benefit from research into services that better support them and their families, thanks to a $896,087 grant from Lotterywest.
Presenting the grant to Wanslea Family Services, Seniors and Volunteering Minister Paul Miles said the funding would go towards a two-year Grandparent Carer Research Project to study the experiences of grandparents and the grandchildren that are in their care.
"The Liberal National Government recognises the important role that grandcarers play in providing guidance, compassion and protection to children," Mr Miles said.
"The findings from the research project will inform the next steps and provide recommendations on how we can improve our service delivery and policy frameworks."
In 2013, the State Government introduced WA's first Grandcarers Support Scheme which has provided more than $1.7 million in support payments to eligible grandcarers, in acknowledgement of the additional demands and financial pressures they experience.
"In 2016-17, more than $580,000 will be provided to Wanslea Family Services to aid the delivery of the Grandcarers Support Scheme and other services and assistance programs," the Minister said.
"These services include telephone information, support groups, training, respite, home help, tutoring for grandcarers and their grandchildren."
Mr Miles also announced the launch of a new online legal resource - Grandfamilies: Legal Matters and Resources.
"Developed in collaboration with the Gosnells Community Legal Service, this publication will help guide grandcarers through the sometimes complex legal aspects of caring for their grandchildren," he said.
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