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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Sunday 4 March 2012

Should all grandparents have contact?

Someone contacted me recently, asking me, as a grandparent, would I please explain why their children's grandparents had behaved in a way, that had, had devastating consequences.
No, of course I couldn't.
Maybe I need to say, again, that there are some grandparents who should not have any contact with their grandchildren, equally there are some parents who should have nothing to do with their children.
It is a minority of people.
Each case is different.
The common denominator here is the children.
When there are articles in newspapers written about grandparents, I often make the mistake of reading comments written about them.
The hatred that comes through only too often, by the children of the 'grandparents,' is astonishing.
Where did it go so wrong?
We can say that when we were children our family life was not as it should have been, for a variety of reasons. We may have suffered in an uncaring family unit, but when are we going to stop blaming our past for the here, now and future?
Someone has to stop the continuum of blame.
Otherwise, the children grow up carrying on that hatred.

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