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.

Wednesday 16 May 2012

We support and are non-judgemental.

I have written about this before, but maybe it needs reiterating.
This is a support group, I aim to support grandparents who are unable to see their grandchildren, for a variety of reasons.
Of course there is always two sides to every story, but as a support group it is not for me to be judgemental, I take grandparents who contact me at face value, not only grandparents  but mums and dads as well.
I for one have said things in the past that I regret, I defy anyone to say they have never said or done something that they should't have.
The great sadness, is that situations or behaviour  that may have occurred years ago, can cloud our relationships, cause rifts that appear to be too difficult to heal.
Life is precious and all too often too short, it takes enormous strength of character and courage to say sorry or to forget what has happened in the past, and move forward.
The children get caught up in something beyond their control, and many adults in their lives let them down, they are our future, what has gone before is nothing to do with them.
As they become older, we know that they begin to ask questions and if they feel they have been lied to, and denied a relationship with their extended family they turn against those who have caused the problem.
There are absolutely no winners in this.
Also just to make it clear our group is an independent group, we have no employees, it is just a support group, to support, to listen and to talk.

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