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Children lucky enough to grow up knowing their grandparents
mostly find it an enriching relationship. Your grandchild might see
you as a person with whom they can have fun, and you have all the
pleasure of being with children without the responsibilities of
being a parent.
Many grandparents tell us that this has helped them learn more
about disability and strengthened all the family relationships.
We asked some grandparents to share their experiences - here are
If you are helping the parents by providing a substantial amount
of care to your grandchild, you might be able to claim certain
benefits like Carer's Allowance.
Your eligibility will depend on a number of factors, such as
income and whether anyone else is already claiming as a carer for
that child. Visit our benefits and tax credits pages
to find out more about financial support, or call our freephone
Parent guide: Grandparents
siblings of a disabled child