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.

Sunday 6 October 2013

Tomorrow will be better.

It is so easy when you get bombarded by articles and reports with negative and aggressive content to fall into the black hole of desperation.
We all have a story to tell, a point of view and a need to rant, but it is a fine line to get the balance correct.
I will leave it to others to continue in this negativity.
So where does BGSG fit in ?
The clue is in its name, support.
I too have at times started banging away about the rights and wrongs, the blame game and there are times when it is necessary, but for me it is important that members of BGSG get the support they are looking for.
It is also vital to me that I remember why I first started on this group, the fact that my granddaughter is estranged from her Dad and from her extended family, and I had to do something. Something to raise public awareness and to keep the issue of denied contact in the public eye.
My granddaughter deserves to have our story told, the reality of denied contact.
The ethos of our group always has been one of hope, one of tomorrow will be better.
Whatever we are facing today we can face together with others who understand and care.
There is no momentary gain, no political gain, no control from organisations, just a concern for each other.


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