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.

Tuesday 17 January 2012

Forums can be hurtful places.

Lots of us use forums on various sites.
Why is it that there is always someone who is hurtful?
The written word is a powerful tool and needs to be used carefully, once you click that submit button its gone and the damage can be done.
Very often forums are a way of people being able to share their experiences, good and bad.
Sometimes people find it easier to share heartbreak and sadness in this format, I know people who have been very upset by comments that are made.
The reality is of course that we don't actually know these people, are they people that would be our friends in the real world?
In a world where we need the care and protection of each other I find it impossible to understand why some people find it necessary to make underlying sarcastic, belittling and patronising comments to people.
Just be prepared when using forums that this might happen, hit the ignore button.
Everyone has their own opinion on things, thats the beauty of the human race we are all different, but we need to respect our differing views.
By the way, everyone on here is valued.

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