Marion Turner, founder of GranPart, explains why she started the MK support group to help grandparents parted from their grandchildren.
When my first grandson was born, I was very excited. However, that excitement was short lived.
I’d never had a close bond with my daughter-in-law and was hoping that things would improve with the introduction of a baby in our lives.
In fact, things got much worse, and when he was a year old I had to walk away from what was becoming an unhealthy situation.
I was obviously devastated, and even though my family and friends were very supportive I still felt isolated. I soon found I wasn’t alone in being in this situation.
For various reasons grandparents get parted from their grandchildren and, worse still, can be denied access.
This is why I started my support group GranPart. I knew the first thing people needed was a safe, relaxed environment where they could share their experiences with others in similar situations.
I started my group in Milton Keynes in 2015, we meet monthly and chat over a cuppa and cake.
We sometimes have guest speakers such as solicitors, the Samaritans and other support groups.
We also have the support of MPs who are helping us fight for improved grandparent’s rights.
See my contact details below on our advert to get in touch.
Visit http://www.granpart.co.uk for more information.