GRANDMAS and grandads were the centre of attention yesterday in Huddersfield and beyond as people celebrated Grandparents’ Day.
Grandparents were encouraged to live life to the full and bring their grandchildren to a host of events at children’s centres across the region.
The free sessions began at the weekend at Rawthorpe and Dalton, Savile Town, Cleckheaton and Marsdenand continue today at Lowerhouses Community Church, Brian Jackson House in Huddersfield, Staincliffe and Healey in Batley and children’s centres in Mirfield, Ravensthorpe, Flatts and Eastborough, Dewsbury Moor and Scout Hill, Chickenley and Earlsheaton.
Activities for all include; circus skills workshops, tea dance, ‘Stay and play’ sessions, pampering sessions, storytelling and ‘Past and present’ displays.
Clr Molly Walton, Kirklees Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Communities, said: “We want to help bridge the generation gap and raise the profile of the valuable contribution that older people, including grandparents, give to their families and communities by working with our children’s centres to help make this happen.
“We hope that grandparents will make the most of the opportunity by taking time out and enjoying some free activities with their younger loved ones.”
Clr Ken Smith, Kirklees Council Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “Inter-generational work is very important – it’s crucial for children and young people to learn from older generations, and vice versa.
“The important thing is to come along, get involved and use the excellent facilities available at our local children’s centres.”
There are around 13 million grandparents in the UK, and a third of the population will become grandparents by the time they reach 50.
Kirklees ‘Live life to the full’ campaign aims to remind people that there is health and social care advice and information available at the council’s Gateway to Care sites, including benefits for the over-60s and free driving courses for people over 50.
Call: 01484 223000 or for details about Grandparents’ Day call the Children and Families Information Service on 01484 223041.