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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Monday 29 April 2013

This Is Not It. Hold On.

Some of you will know that I am part of Gospel Generation Community Choir and we did a concert the other evening and sang,"Hold On," every time we sing it I think of my granddaughter, and all the grandchildren who are unable to be part of a parent or grandparents life.
It really is a case of "Hold On."
Gospel music originated from the States during the time of slavery.
Slaves would use the 'spiritual' as a form of communication to one another, to try to lift them up from the horrors of life as a slave, never believing 'that this was it.'
The songs of Gospel are all of hope, of a belief that things will improve, and I guess for me it is synonymous with being denied contact.
This is not, all there is.
If you are a grandparent who is feeling the utter despair of separation I would strongly recommend that you do something for yourself, such as joining a choir.
Singing is such a powerful thing to do, even if you aren't exactly pitch perfect!
Those of you in the Bristol area would be very welcome ,I know to join us.
Please remember,  "This is not it."

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