Hi everyone and welcome to Bristol Grandparents Support Group blog. Although we are Bristol based we have grandparents from all over the UK and beyond as members.

It is estimated that over one million children in the UK are denied contact with their grandparents due to family breakdown which may have been caused by divorce/separation, alcohol/drug dependency,domestic violence,bereavement or family feud.
Every child has the right to have contact with their grandparents
if they wish and unless proven unsafe for them to do so. To deny contact from a parent or grandparent has to become as socially unacceptable as drink driving.
I hope to keep you up to date with what is going on in BGSG and I shall continue to campaign for the rights of children to have a loving and meaningful relationship with both parents and their extended family. So please join in as good to hear your views, not just mine!
I also will support via Skype.
There is no membership fee to be part of Bristol Grandparents Support Group.
Esther Rantzen says, " To every grandparent, links of love can never be broken in our hearts."

Please contact during office hours.

Monday 23 August 2010


Memory Box.
If the lines of communication have broken down and you feel that items such as cards and presents are not actually getting to your grandchild then setting up a memory box is a good way of keeping a record of all the things you have sent.
It is also a very good way of recording family events such as weddings, specials birthdays ,anniversaries etc.
Every time you send a card, letter or parcel photocopy them or take a photo , to put in the box.
Your memory box can be whatever you want it to  be and can contain anything that you feel is relevant, to your grandchild and a way of them being able to see that you  were always thinking about them .
You may want to write poems or stories for them, its up to you.
Just a couple of tips when sending things, send postcards, as they can be seen openly by anyone, and sending cards by internet companies such as www.moonpig.com  is a good idea as you can personalise them and they can be sent direct so the card will not show your postmark.
Setting up a blog.
All the young people today use the internet at school and at home, so it is a good place to start to try and make contact. Setting up a blog is easy and very effective you can write things on it ,put photos on it and other family members can also write on it. All you need to do is to go onto  the internet and type in www.blogger.com which will open a page for you called Blogger and you follow the on screen instructions.
My son has set up a blog for his daughter which all the family can post on .The idea of course is that your grandchild will at some stage type their names into google, as they all do, and up pops their blog.
When you are writing on it be careful, keep it newsy stuff about the family and what you have been doing, don’t fall into the trap of venting your feelings on it, because not only can your grandchild see it, it is possible so will the resident parent.
Whatever we may feel you don’t want to say anything that could be detrimental  to your grandchild in any way,

The Bristol  Grandparents Support Group.

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