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Sometimes due to family upheaval grandparents can find themselves unexpectedly raising a young family again.
As the school year begins, this can cause enormous emotional and financial stress, especially for a grandparent living on a pension.
There can be many issues to deal with; the costs of feeding and clothing the children, legal issues relating to custody, counselling needs and, not least, the toll it can take on personal health.
If you’re a sole grandparent, Birthright Marlborough Inc. can help you to find respite care and counselling and assist you with school uniforms and extra-curricular activities for your grandchildren.
There is some support available through WINZ and through various community organisations in Marlborough like Barnados, which offers counselling and parenting courses.
Sources of help include: