When will they listen to Grandparents?


Please watch the heartbreaking interview of Neal Gray, Ellie Butler’s Grandfather and then express your views on how the courts should change in order for grandparents and extended family members to give a wider picture of family life for the poor innocent children who are left wanting and failed by an outdated system, which is shrouded in secrecy to protect families private lives but ultimately fails children and families.



Show that we are not alone! #BeNeighbourly



Today I woke up to the news about yesterday’s attacks in Paris, such shocking and terrible deeds committed with precision, planning and co-ordination to do the very thing they set out to do, perpetuate this war of terror, pain, anguish and human annihilation.

In The same week we commemorated Armistice Day………well words here actually fail me!

?????????????????????????????????????????????My deepest sympathies and prayers for Paris and all those affected.

Whilst you are reading this, you are connected to the wonderful web, there are many elderly folk who are not and they do not always have the facility to get out or to ‘switch off’ by flicking between media.

Some may have no family/friends to reassure them so be a good neighbour, and look out for the elderly in your area, join a reputable national/ local organisation as a volunteer or print out some of the following organisations telephone numbers and slip them through the letterbox.


0800 4 70 80 90

The Silver Line is the only national confidential and free helpline for older people open every day and night of the year.

  • No question too big
  • No problem too small
  • No need to be alone


0800 169 2081 


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Grandparents Event in North Manchester

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Are you an older person ( not just for grandparents) with time on your hands or time to spare? Do you wish to share a skill or even some stories with the younger generation? Do you wish to feel more connected in your community? Then come along and have a natter, a cuppa and some yummy cake! Click on the link below and find out more!

Grandparents Day Event 26th June 2015

A woman talking sense? Heavens to Betsy!

Well she’s been around a bit, she knows her eggs from her onions, indeed her mushrooms too, and serves up a delightful omelette of common sense. (pardon the foodie pun, but I think you’ll find it’s Germaine.)

Please click on the link and watch this great interview at the Hay Festival and then comeback and feel free to comment as a boomer grandparent!


Catch it while you can as it will disappear soon enough!

I would make more comment myself at this time but as a working grandmother I have to dash!

Running out of love

Tomorrow my daughter Grace will be running for Grandparent Support in the Great Manchester Run – www.greatrun.org


I am immensely proud of her for doing so- this is not an easy run for her- its 10 k for a start! Although she looks like a super model, (I am a biased mother after all) – it will be punishing on her body- she has a tall willowy figure that holds a lung capacity typically associated with Marfan Syndrome. http://www.marfan.org/

Grace had a spontaneous pneumothorax (sudden lung collapse) when she was younger, but she is determined to keep fit and healthy and to strengthen all parts of her body.

Grace believes in Grandparent Support and continues to be an enormous supporter, graciously giving of her time both physically and emotionally having witnessed the complex issues that alienated grandparents and grandparent carers face.

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Please support Grace and Grandparent Support so we can raise awareness and help others.

Grandparents never run out of love, they just keep going no matter what!  Thank you & Good luck Gracie xx

Time to rethink the way society deals with the heartbreak of children in care!



Read the article published in The guardian this weekend, if you can stomach it, go on and read some of the less vociferous but more informed comments, it never ceases to amaze me how uncompassionate “keyboard warriors” are!