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."

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Tuesday 1 March 2011

Letter to Charlotte Leslie MP (my MP)

Hi Charlotte,
I have had several grandparents contact me very concerned at the report in the papers last week regarding single mothers no longer having to put the fathers name on the birth certificates.
Surely this goes against everything the government have been saying about family values.
These children have a human right to know who their fathers are, it is fact that many young woman make the decision to get pregnant to receive all benefits available.
Fathers are being treated appallingly with regard to no contact as it is, this is a catastrophic decision.
I have asked you when The Family Justice review is due in a previous email but had no response, but in all honesty after this decision I am not holding my breath for anything constructive to come from it, no doubt children's right will once again be ignored, and families will continue to be fractured.

(Interesting to note that Charlotte is to front David Cameron's Big Society, and she doesn't reply to my emails. Mmmmmmmmm.)

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