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

Support from America!

The issue of denied contact is global as I have said before.
Today I have heard from a pastor in America who is setting up a support group for grandparents and is keen to link up with us.
(Thanks to J.L for the introduction)
He says;
" Thank you so much I was asked to help organize a Support Group for grandparents at my church where I am the Assistant to the Pastor – I am a Certified Lay Minister in the United Methodist Church in the USA.
I am excited about all that I see on your website. I will be giving the link to our Group. Thank you so much and I will be spanning the Atlantic electronically and in touch with you often – and one day hope to make it to Bristol to see you in person. We are on the Atlantic Coast in Virginia – we live just across the Elizabeth River from our Norfolk.
It is wonderful to have you and your Group as a Resource as we start on the journey to organize here!"

So blossoming all over the world, the sadness of course is that there are many millions of children at the heart of all this, involved in something that is adult led and nothing to do with them.
I look forward to working with J and his wife in coming months.

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