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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Saturday 9 March 2013

Funding problems for charities.

It is a difficult time for all charities, with funding being cut the need for looking at different ways of raising funds has to be addressed, if they are going to be able to continue offering help and advice.
So many support groups are a life line to thousands of people at a time of vulnerability.
I am sorry to hear of various organisations having to make  very difficult decisions, even if they can continue.
At times like these the obvious way to raise funds is by allowing companies etc to use your group for advertising.
The concern for me is that in the case of family issues, it is more than likely to be those from the legal services sector, primarily solicitors.
It may be that they will offer a discount if you use their services, solicitors know that they are targeting a captive audience, the organisations will promote particular solicitors.
Don't get dragged into thinking they are doing you a favour, they aren't, they are in business and need your hard earned cash.
As I have said before, if you make the decision to go down the legal route, choose your solicitor carefully, just because there is an advert on a charity website doesn't necessarily mean they are the right ones for you, get costs up front, don't end up like many grandparents who use their life savings and still no contact.
Charities and organisations  need to be thinking more creatively as to how to raise funds.


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