Annual Report Bristol Grandparents Support Group

Annual Report (Small Charity.)

Bristol Grandparents Support Group.

Registered office and operational address:

9, Park Grove,

Westbury Park.

Bristol.

BS6 7XB.

Patrons and Trustees:

Patron Dame Esther Rantzen

Patron Erin Pizzey

Mrs. Jane Jackson (Chair and Founder)

Mr. Marc Jackson (Treasurer)

Dr. Elizabeth Farnall

Mrs. Susan Allen.

Mr. Robert Allen

Bankers: Lloyds Bank Corn Street. Bristol.

 

Aims and Objectives.

The aims and objectives shall be for the public benefit to relieve the distress and suffering of grandparents who are separated from their grandchildren due to the breakdown of family relationships in particular but not exclusively by the provision of support, education and information.

 

The focus for the year.

Our main objectives for the year has been to continue to give support to grandparents who are feeling isolated and alone due to estrangement with their grandchildren due to family breakdown, in all its forms. We use a variety of strategies to meet these objectives.

  • Giving support on our helpline and via email, and at our regular meetings. Virtual meetings when necessary.
  • Assisting grandparents to set up self-help groups or link ups in their own areas.
  • By working with other agencies to secure the widest range of help and support for our service users.
  • Alerting a range of services of the issues involved when a grandparent is estranged e.g. Medical Practitioners, Counsellors, Clergy ect.

 

How our activities deliver public benefit.

Our activities ensure that grandparents are not alone, that they can share their feelings and begin the process of looking forward. Grandparents can then go on to help and support others who find themselves in this situation.

 

Significant activities detailed below

. Interview on Radio 4 with Esther.

. Interview with Jeremy Vine.

. Interview with Radio WM.

. Met with ITV West Country about a feature for the future.

. Further correspondence with Lucy Frazer and Nigel Huddleston MP.

. Nigel Huddleston MP asked for update in Parliament. An announcement will be made in due course for future consultation.

. Invited and gave a talk at the Annual General Meeting of local Contact Centre.

. Article for Telegraph Magazine

.  Took part in a Gransnet Q and A

. Ongoing communication with the NSPCC, The National Children’s Bureau, and The   Children’s Society with regard to them acknowledging the emotional abuse of alienation.

. Organised several lunches for BGSG members.

. Contact with Judge Stephen Wildblood.

. Article in Closer magazine.

. Weekend at Lush fundraising.

. Article in the Express/Mail

. A variety of conference calls with Esther and Vanessa.

. Tree of Hope Letter in Daily Mail.

. We were delighted to appoint Erin Pizzey as a Patron.

Public Benefit

Our activities are to ensure that grandparents are not alone, that they can share their feelings and begin the process of looking forward. Grandparents feel empowered to go on and support others who find themselves in this situation.

Volunteers

The Charity’s activities are carried out by the trustees and committee who act on a voluntary capacity.

Costs

Helpline phone £159.43

Website (Maintenance) £509.18

Insurance           £145.00

Materials for fundraising, plants, compost etc £389.63

Travel costs       £80.00

Office costs, postage etc £12.00

Merchandise/Promotion/Leaflets £417.00

Bristol Grandparents Support Group rely on voluntary donations and fund raising.

Thank you to our Patrons, Trustees and those who support us, without them we would not be able to support estranged/alienated grandparents.

 

About Jane

Jane setup Bristol Grandparent Support Group in 2007 after a string of incidents led to the loss of contact with her Grand Daughter.

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