Generations of families and friends will come together to celebrate seniors in Heathcote thanks to a NSW Government grant for the Grandparents Day Festival to show gratitude for local grandparents.

Southern Sydney Multiple Births Association (SSMBA) has received $3,500 to bring Grandparents Day to life in the local community.

Grandparents Day is a wonderful opportunity to say thank you to the seniors in our community, and SSMBA is offering a great way to give back with an indoor play centre and a high tea for grandparents to enjoy. The kids will also run different stations on the day – painting grandmas nails, decorating cupcakes and creating artwork together.

I hope to see Heathcote residents young and old enjoying Grandparents Day and I encourage everyone to bring their grandparents or the older people in their lives along to the Grandparents Day Festival.

NSW Grandparents Day celebrates the role grandparents and older people play in communities across NSW, and is held annually on the last Sunday in October. The day was launched by the NSW Government in 2011.

More than $200,000 has been delivered to councils, schools and community organisations to hold Grandparents Day celebrations this October.

In 2018, NSW Grandparents Day will be celebrated on Sunday 28 October, while the NSW Grandparent of the Year Awards will be presented at a ceremony on 24 October.

Nominations are currently open for the 2018 Grandparent of the Year Award and the Grandparents Day Photography Competition, and will close in early September.

Local events will be published on the Grandparents Day website in coming weeks. For more information and to submit an Award nomination or photography competition entry, please visit: www.grandparentsday.nsw.gov.au.