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."

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Saturday 5 April 2014

Children keep shouting out loud, we are listening.

Since 2007 I have listened to well over a thousand grandparents, I live through their heartbreak, hurt and pain. I have listened to litres of tears shed and held many hands in so many very dark moments.
I despair at the hurt other family members inflict on one another, in some cases for years for a variety of reason parents and grandparent face pure hell of not being able to see their beloved children and grandchildren.
In the middle of all this chaos, are the innocent victims, the children.
When we have children we have a life long responsibility to them, to look after them, to support them through the ups and downs of life. We do not have a right over them, children are the world of the future. If they are embroiled in the disgraceful way some adults around them behave they have been emotionally abused and it is the adults in their lives that have let them down and betrayed their trust.
As a Mum and Grandmother I am truly ashamed of the parents who use children in this vicious way.
Out of darkness there is always light.
Today is one of those beautifully, bright days.
Grandchildren are shouting out loud and their voices are being listened to.
Just a few hours spent at their request with grandparents they love, grandparents who have never, ever stopped loving them, grandparents who have never stopped waiting.
I personally can not put into words how it feels to walk alongside grandparents when they are so low, so unhappy, to then, witness their utter elation when their grandchildren walk back through their door, as though they have never been away.
It is tears of sheer joy that are flowing today.
Bless everyone.

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