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.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Services not available.

 I have had a very distraught grandparent ring me this morning, full of apologies for ringing me on a Saturday morning, saying that social services etc are never available over the weekend and she needed to speak to someone, now.
We spoke at length, I listened and we talked her situation through,  she said she felt 'ashamed', so often we as grandparents use that word, we think being grandparents we should be able to sort things out, to make things better, and we feel ashamed when we realise we can't.
This grandparent had been given BGSG's number 3 years ago, and she has been summoning up the courage to ring all that time, but it took a very serious climax for her to pick up that phone.
As I said to her, that is the most difficult part, the rest is easier.
It also made me realise of course, that sometimes we just need to speak to someone and it isn't always during 'office hours.'

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