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 9 March 2012

If government money involved, you are not independent.

All over the UK there are organisations/support groups all with the same aim, of raising public awareness of the injustice of our secret Family Court system, and the devastation being dealt on a generation of children.
Each group has its own ways of going about the task, some decide to be really out there protesting loudly, others by attacking the establishment while some go about it in a quieter way.
It doesn't mean that one or other is being more effective, we are all individuals and a such are all different.
It would be true to say, of course, that if we all joined together that we would certainly be a force to be reckoned with.
When there are parents/grandparents/extended families experiencing the wrench of having a member of their family kept away it is just like losing a limb.
As a parent, and I am that first, having children is, in my view why I am here, if I don't have my family I am incomplete.
The sadness,confusion and anger when this happens has to have a channel, a direction.
There are parents/grandparents ending their lives because they can no longer deal with the separation, and indeed some children.
When an organisation/group starts to grow there is a practical hurdle, that is one of costs.
Running any group costs money, some organisations apply for government funding and in my very humble opinion, is where the trouble starts.
As soon as government money is involved you are no longer independent, you have to, if you like, 'tow the party line'.
Now, when it is government decisions that are causing this problem in the first place it makes it increasingly difficult to get your point across.
That is why this group is independent and will remain so.
I need to be able to say what I want,when I want to whom I want.
I do not have to get it agreed by anyone, so if I say the wrong thing the buck stops with me.


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