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November 2014 News

Grandparents making a big difference

  • Written by  Ian Anderson
Julie and Mike Taylor sharing their experiences as ‘adopted Grandparents’ at the City Celebration service Photo: Dale White

The first story featured at the City Celebration service was an initiative by City Women that is seeing older couples investing time and love into the younger generation.

“Our young people are in desperate need of older role models,” said City Women Co-ordinator Letitia Shelton in a video that introduced the segment.

“Over the last year or so we have had the privilege of having some older couples be involved as grandparents in the lives of girls and they have played a huge role already.”

One such couple is Mike and Julie Taylor, who together with their ‘adopted grandchild’ Brooke, shared with the audience their experience of getting to know each other and building a relationship of love and appreciation.

“They’ve had an amazing impact on my life,” said Brooke, a resident of The GAP house. “Growing up, not really having any grandparents around, they have shown me love. Their love has had the most impact on me.”

“Brooke is a gift, and it is very easy to love her,” said Julie. “She is always thinking of things to give to us or make for us.”

While they are not doing anything out of the ordinary, Mike believes that older couples who invest into the younger generation will make a difference.

“You can just do what you can and be who you are and hopefully lives will be changed, and we’ve seen some of that already,” he said.

And he encouraged other couples to get involved.

“Do it. You don’t know how much of an impact you will have on their life.”

“While we have life, while we have strength, there is something to impart,” said Julie.

Another young girl who has benefitted from having ‘Grandparents’ around shared on the video, “I don’t think they should be sitting on the sidelines, that’s not where they belong! They need to be supporting the younger generation.”

If you would like to get involved as a grandparent, call the City Women office on 4638 5768.

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