Project: Book and Kit design and development
Client: Community Solutions with funding provided by the Australian Government and the Telstra Foundation. Australian Government funding was provided through the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, under the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy.
book 1 : General Information
book 2 : Education
Designed and printed by our Sunshine Coast based graphic design business this book aims to assist newly relocated families with young children in the Caloundra and Maroochy Coastal and Hinterland areas to better access information, support, services and resources.
During recent years it has become apparent that there are many Australian families where the care of children is the responsibility of one or more grandparents. Grandchildren come to live with their grandparents for a variety of reasons, including neglect, abuse, domestic violence, death, mental health, physical disability, and parental drug and alcohol abuse.
Grandparents that undertake the primary care responsibility for their grandchildren make a positive difference to the children’s lives by providing a safe, stable and caring family environment. They are special people that face a range of issues associated with their decision to provide care for their grandchildren. These include social, emotional and health issues, many of which are increased by the age, health and financial circumstances of the grandparents, as well as the impact of the children’s experiences prior to coming into the care of their grandparents.
Access to information and support assists grandparents to cope with their new family circumstances and meet the needs of the children in their care.
Community Solutions Inc. is a non profit organisation committed to the research, development and delivery of services for individuals and communities, particularly those who experience personal, social, economic and cultural disadvantage. In recognition of the importance of grandparent families, Community Solutions Inc. has developed this information kit with funding from the Australian Government and the Telstra Foundation. Australian Government funding was provided by the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, under the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy.
The Grandparents As Parents Information Kit contains helpful information on a range of topics, as well as contact details for Government departments and organisations that can support grandparent carers, particularly those that care for their grandchildren on a full time basis. The kit is most relevant to grandparents living in the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay regions of Queensland and caring for grandchildren aged 0 – 12 years. Community Solutions Inc. recognises the strength and commitment of grandparent carers, and hopes this resource will be helpful to grandparents and the children in their care. 3