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.

Thursday 13 March 2014

Today-is the most positive 'waking up' morning I have had for a long time.

For those go you who have come straight to the blog and who have not seen the website, this is how and why BGSG was founded.
In 2007 I was denied contact with my granddaughter she was 7 years old and we had been in her life up until that point.
I could have so very easily continued down that dark tunnel but decided that I owed it to my granddaughter to be pro active.
So the long and sometimes very difficult journey began of reaching out to grandparents who were going through this living bereavement.
Seven years on and well over one thousand grandparents later, the stories continue of heartbreak and sorrow, but there is always hope and grandparents do become reunited and we all can celebrate their joy.
Every grandparent I speak to is unique their own personal story but every one makes an impact on me, and every now and again I need to recharge my own personal batteries and I do that by remembering a beautiful, now, young woman who keeps me strong and urges me on, my granddaughter.
Also when I receive emails like this one it gives me strength. Many thanks for the grandparent responsible for this email and in giving their permission for me to share it with you.

"Today - is the most positive 'waking up' morning I have had in a long time.

There are people worse off than me - there are people in better positions than me - BUT - we all have the same goal. To hear those words

"Hello grandma - I've missed you"

Going to start a new project and keep busy.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share the pain and the hurt with others in the same position THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN!!! "

And so my granddaughter and messages just like this one is the reason I do what I do. 


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