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 2 July 2012

Business As Usual.

I would like to thank all of you who have been getting in contact giving your support,publicly and privately.
I have had to think long and hard as to how to progress, I started this support group up because I lost contact with my beautiful granddaughter due to my sons divorce. My whole family miss her every single day and we all love her beyond words.
I wanted to be able to say what I wanted, when I wanted without being governed by an 'organisation'  and to be independent.
I think we have raised public awareness of the issues and that we stress this is the rights of the grandchildren, not grandparents rights.
Sometimes it is important that grandparents share their stories to help raise awareness, I NEVER knowingly have used quotes and info without a grandparents permission, I HAVE NEVER named anyone in an article.
If grandparents make a decision to do interviews, be that paper,magazines,TV or Radio they must understand that that information is out there and out in the public domain.
I have learnt a hard lesson this last week, and from now on I will be asking for written permission from anyone who says their info can be used, without that written permission it won't be considered.
I have also learnt, that I must not delete emails, private messages, texts etc, just to protect myself.
I am so saddened that someone found it necessary to leave an inappropriate comment on this website blog, the website is to help, advice and support grandparents who are in torment.
All comments left will now have to be moderated before published.
Please contact me if you want me to clarify this post.
So, business as usual, there are over a million grandchildren in the UK who need a voice.

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