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 16 March 2014

Time to take the next step.

As BGSG has grown it is time for us to take the next step.
At the moment we are a small charity with a constitution and trustees, but to enable us to reach more grandparents we have decided to apply to be a registered charity.
To become registered you have to have an annual income of £5k, which is a somewhat daunting target for us.
It is a chicken and an egg situation in so much as, business and companies are reluctant to back you if you are not a registered charity but you have to have backing to even apply!
We are being given sound professional advice, for which we are so very grateful.
The aim is that we will become an umbrella group, where other grandparents will be able to set up their own groups with support from us.
We hope to visit those who are contemplating setting up, and to hold networking meetings.
We will raise our profile attending exhibitions and community based events.
Funding will also enable us to design and publish information booklets, leaflets and to update our website.
To date, as far as I am aware, we are the only group in the UK who focusses purely on grandparents who are denied contact.
We are looking forward to the future and to continue the ethos of BGSG which is to remain focused on the needs of the children who are embroiled in adult conflict.
Had better add that it doesn't mean that BGSG is going to disappear, it isn't, it is remaining exactly the same.

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