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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Friday 17 June 2011

Does the Church have a role in supporting,teaching the importance of parenthood?

I would like to hear your views.
I have written to numerous clergy members in the past and have had various responses, most are supportive of supporting grandparents but not actually getting involved.
One who shall be nameless, even suggested that grandfathers are often involved in abuse in families...... I can't comment as it would be censored.
That sort of remark, in my humble opinion ,just shows where some members of the clergy are getting it so wrong. How can that attitude bring people together?
I believe that we are talking about a complete cultural change as far as family breakdown and non contact is concerned,we need to be teaching very young children the importance of relationships and the responsibility to us all when we have children and respect of family life.
Relationships today are very different, we can no longer assume that two people will fall in love,get married and have children.
Children can be as a result of a one night stand, but the children still deserve the same rights as if they were born into a 'conventional' family unit.
They still have two parents,grandparents, aunts and uncles.
The question as I said at the beginning, how can the Church take this forward?

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