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.

Sunday 6 March 2011

The importance of grandparents.

Being a grandparent is important, being a well loved and respected grandparent must be earned.

They are a window to the past.
They are a mine of information.
They are children's history.
They are a support network.
They provide a feeling of belonging.
They have time.
They give advice form the roots of the family tree.
They provide comfort and security.

The aboriginal people of Australia strongly believe in family ties. Last century the government "adopted" many children and sent them to live away from their families. Almost an entire generation of children grew up without knowing their family history. Many could not cope and had trouble fitting in to society. Perhaps this is extreme but it does prove that children need stability and family history to feel they belong.

Grandparents are an umbrella, they provide shelter and shade, under its protection the family are safe.

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