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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Wednesday 13 June 2012

Time to shout louder for your grandchildren, not tomorrow today.

The government today have announced consultation to begin on the rights of children to be part of both parents lives.
There will of course be those who will be shouting from the rooftops to say this mustn't happen.
We need to be shouting louder, our grandchildren deserve us to stand up for them and to be a powerful voice for them.
Thousands of parents have been shut out of their children's life for vindictive reasons, using the children as weapons in cases of separation and divorce.
The most important paragraph in this announcement, for me, is that they will be looking at the possibility of fining any resident parent who does not abide by the rules.
At the moment resident parents are breaking the law and there is no consequence, that must be addressed.
We have a generation of children growing up being denied contact with loving parents.
I urge everyone to continue to write to your MP's etc, putting on the pressure for legislation for shared parenting and a legal consequence if it is not adhered to.
Not a time to be complacent, time to push those who hold power.
Time for everyone to be pro-active, get pens out, you owe it to your grandchildren.

Ok so there are still some huge stumbling blocks, but I really believe we are moving in the right direction.


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