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.

Thursday 26 July 2012

This may not be the group for you?

When I first started this group it was for very personal reasons, not being able to be part of my granddaughters life, it is still the foundation for the group and reasons that I do what I do.
Now, having been in contact with hundreds and hundreds of grandparents, it has been a learning curve, thats for sure.
Mostly it has all been positive and I have made some very good friends as a result, of something that was and still is devastating.
It is important to say that as the group has grown, I have experienced some difficult situations, I am always neutral and am here to give support in whatever way I can, sometimes it may be that the sort of support I give is not enough for some, that is fine, so maybe a different group is the place for you.
I can honestly say that I always try to do my best, I am not a legal expert, nor would I want to be one, I am just a grandparent denied contact with my granddaughter.
I have worked hard to raise public awareness on the issues and to keep it in the public eye.
If there are members who are experiencing issues with other members, I will not get involved, it is between them, if we can't actually be supportive with one another there is no point, this is not the place for disagreements.

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