what is surrogate grandparents?
Surrogate Grandparents is a New Zealand based Charitable Trust (CC54933) that works to connect families with older people - it may be that the grandparents don’t live nearby or for whatever reason families don’t have the amount of contact with their grandparents that they would like. The arrangement is incredibly beneficial - families gain loving support and older people feel a sense of purpose and belonging from the relationship.
What problems are we helping to solve?
Surrogate Grandparents was born out of a desire to address loneliness in New Zealand and recognised that this loneliness is as real for under-supported parents as it is for older people. Social isolation and loneliness are much more serious than just uncomfortable feelings... Research has shown that social isolation and loneliness has been linked with increased mortality, depression, high blood pressure and dementia. Social isolation and loneliness are problems that people struggle with right across New Zealand's social demographics on a daily basis.
Surrogate Grandparents matching process builds loving support networks for families - the bonds that form then address issues of social isolation and loneliness.
How can Surrogate Grandparents help?
Surrogate Grandparents is the bridge that connects generations. By connecting families with surrogate grandparents and grandparents with our children; we can fight social isolation and loneliness in New Zealand. Working together, we can make New Zealand a more caring and connected nation.