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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Friday 9 August 2013

I can and will make a difference.

It has been a very busy week in the Jackson house hold, time to catch up with family.
How lucky I am to have such wonderful people in my life, family that care and look out for each other, through the good and bad times.
A new generation going out into the world making their mark, seeing the world with a new approach, caring for those they come into contact with.
Many discussions over the occasional glass of something fruity, as ever in-depth , respect of differing opinions and learning from experiences.
It was whilst doing something with plates, either filling them or washing them up that my wonderful brother-in-law told me a story, one of his many talents is storytelling, it is only short but was just what I needed to hear, as I had been wondering if the support group was achieving its aim.

"There was an old woman and a young girl on a beach.
The beach was covered with thousands if not millions of little crabs, struggling to get back into the water.
The young girl stood and watched as the old woman was picking up a crab, one at a time and throwing them back into the sea. Time after time she repeated this, over and over again.
After some considerable time the young girl went up to the old woman and said,"Excuse me, I hope you don't mind me asking you but what are you doing?"
The old woman replied, "I am throwing them back into the sea."
After a while the young girl said," But there are thousands and thousands of them, you will never be able to throw them all back in."
 The old woman,  just picked up another little crab and flung it into the sea, she said, "Well I just saved that one."

The moral in this story is of course that, sometimes we feel overwhelmed by a task ahead, it all seems to huge to contemplate, but if we just tear off small manageable pieces we can and do make a difference.
Making a small difference to someone is far, far better than not even attempting to make a difference at all.

So any little crabs out there struggling to get back to the sea, there are people out there who are willing to give you a helping hand.


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