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.

Sunday 12 June 2011

Set up a support group?

I have been asked recently about independent support groups for grandparents around the country.
As you know I am based in Bristol, but grandparents contacting me are from one end of the country to another,one of the most important things is that you are able to talk to and if possible meet people who are denied contact themselves. Listening to others makes you realise that you are not alone, and you can share your feelings and experiences in a non threatening atmosphere.
I have always thought that the hardest part is picking up the phone or clicking that send button, when you have done that its much easier.
I have also been asked "why independent?"
It was very important for me, that I was able to be free to write and say what I want, rather than be part of any organisation, who might have a hidden agenda, be it political or economic, (being part of an organisation that pays your wages is very different than doing something because you want,need or are you are asked to.)
If you would like to set up a support group in your area, I would be very happy to help you.


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