It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Marion Turner, Founder of GranPart has sadly passed away. She was the main driving force behind this very important group and will be sadly missed, not only by her family and friends but also all the alienated grandparent's she has helped over recent years. At this stage we are not sure what the future of GranPart will be but, we will keep you informed via this website.
There are many grandparents who, due to circumstances very often beyond their control, never get to see their grandchildren.
The reasons can vary considerably. It can be due simply to a falling out amongst family members, sometimes the parents of the children have divorced or have simply moved a long distance away.
In other more serious situations parents of the children involved may suffer drink or drug related problems, the children may be removed for safety reasons, in some cases fostered, meaning grandparents have no legal access to their grandchildren.
The support group was first formed following a difficult situation I found myself in when it was made difficult for me to see my grandson.
Things came to a head soon after his first birthday and I had no contact for nearly three years.
When I started sharing my situation with other people it soon became clear that I wasn't alone, and that many other grandparents were suffering similarly, and like me they found it difficult to share what they were going through with other people who were not suffering.
GranPart is designed simply to give grandparents who are going through this difficult time an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation. In an informal environment we chat and share experiences and can be empathetic and supportive to each other.
Milton Keynes Mayor Cllr Sam Crooks came along to our MK meeting in October.
The Mayor listened intently whilst members told their heart-breaking stories, and at the end said he felt humbled from what he had heard.
He offered his support and will help in creating awareness about GranPart and how it helps so many people.
On Friday August 17th South Northamptonshire Council Chairman Richard Dallyn came along to our meeting at Manning Watts House.
After listening to the group, we explained our plans on promoting GranPart in order to gain greater awareness. Richard was able to offer advice based on his previous experience working in the media.
Northampton MP offers support
We were delighted to welcome Andrew Lewer, Member of Parliament for Northampton South, to a recent meeting at Manning Watts House.
Andrew has picked up the baton from his predecessor and has shown his support when speaking at the recent Westminster debate. He mentioned the good work GranPart are doing to support grandparents and help fight for grandparent and grandchildren's rights.
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