Podcast 20 – When nan and pop have to be mum and dad

Grandparents raising their grand-kids. Photo: Ian Campbell
Grandparents raising their grand-kids. Photo: Ian Campbell

Podcast 20 features an extraordinary group of people who have just started meeting regularly to support each other through challenges and troubles that most would find impossible.

This group of a dozen or more grandparents are raising their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The parents of these kids have deserted them for a range of reasons and these grandparents – the parents of the parents are the safety net.

Karen Thomas and Vanessa Bragg from PlayAbility in Bega have bought these families together. PlayAbility provides early intervention services for families who have young children with a disability or developmental delay.

You are about to meet people that carry an interesting range of emotions – sadness and despair, mixed with joy, humour, and love.

What stood out to me as I listened to these stories is that these people walk among us, carrying the most heartbreaking experiences, stories that have gone unheard, told by people who haven’t been recognised or supported – until now.

I’ve beeped out the names of the kids to respect their privacy.

Karen Thomas and Vanessa Bragg from PlayAbility. Photo: Ian Campbell
Karen Thomas and Vanessa Bragg from PlayAbility. Photo: Ian Campbell

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Ian