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 6 May 2012

Not supposed to smile?

Every time I do an article re denied contact that have to have photos included, which I hate may I say, the photographer will always say that their brief is to take sad photos!
The reasoning behind this is as it is a tragic situation, I have to look miserable.
Trying to look miserable for 2 hours, is miserable it itself!
I was thinking about this, and yes of course the issue of denied contact is a very sad, heartbreaking thing but would I really want my granddaughter to see photos of me looking sad?
No, of course not.
The memories I carry of her are joyful and happy, certainly not sad.
So there needs to be a sensible balance, there are positives in all of this , raising public awareness of the rights of grandchildren needs recognition, not photos of a miserable gran.

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