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, 7 April 2014

Could you be the grandparent a family is seeking?

Leading on from a previous post, when I wrote about some grandparents who do not want to have anything to do with their grandchildren.
I know for those of us who would give anything to be part of our grandchildrens' lives this seems unbelievable, but it happens a lot.
I have in the past been approached about 'proxy' grandparents, there of course obvious issues with this. The most important thing to think about is how do you safe guard the children?
Anyone who is thinking about putting themselves forward, must be CRB checked, as a parent always insist that you see the CRB.
Another way could be that parents/children and grandparents link up by letter writing, a bit like the 'pen friends' we used to have.
It is always great to receive a hand written letter, rather than the usual post that goes straight from letterbox to the recycling box!
If you are a parent who would be interested get in touch.
Home Start is another way where a relationship can grow, one of our grandparents was invited last week to a Mothers and Grandmothers lunch at the primary school attended by the little boy of the family she has befriended. He insisted that she was invited!

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