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.

Tuesday 7 January 2014

Set up your own group.

It is not difficult, but it does need perseverance,
As there are several grandparents here and abroad setting up groups and asking how to, here is a brief outline of how I started.
Firstly write to your local press explaining what you are doing and the facts around denied contact and what a widespread situation it is globally.
If you have local Radio, TV approach them as well.
Write to their letters page here is a template letter you can use http://bristolgrandparentssupport.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/tea-and-cake-for-grandchildren.html
Pop posters up in Libraries, Health Centres,Post Offices,Community notice boards  anywhere you think might be appropriate.
You don't have to invite people to your home as I did, you could meet perhaps at a local cafe etc.
The whole point of a support groups just that, support.
Never give legal advice.
There are lots more tips I can share with you, so get in contact if you are considering setting up a group.
Also if you haven't read our story here is a link http://www.bristolgrandparentssupportgroup.co.uk/our_story.html

Bristol Grandparents Support Group are not liable for any groups who may set up elsewhere.

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