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We provide expert advice, practical support and campaign for single parents

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Single parents tell us that it makes all the difference when the staff that work with them really understand their situation and their particular needs.


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Starting up a Gingerbread group

Gingerbread groups are run by and for single parent members of Gingerbread in the local area, with the support of our dedicated Gingerbread Groups Officer.

Peer support groups help to reduce the social isolation that many single parents experience and, with Gingerbread’s support, groups can also offer practical help with issues such as getting back to work and managing family relationships.

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Finding advice for single parents

  • News - Information on the latest developments affecting single parents, including universal credit and child maintenance charges.
  • Factsheets - More than 30 factsheets full of information on a wide range of topics in plain English, from making ends meet to applying for flexible working.
  • Lifes big changes - Our step by step guides offer advice and information about experiences common to many single parents, such as separation or leaving work.
  • Single Parent Helpline (0808 802 0925) - Our helpline is staffed by expert advisers who can provide information and practical advice to single parents on child maintenance, contact, employment, education, welfare benefits and tax credits, housing and debt. Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles.

 

Key issues for single parents

Include an introduction of our policy and campaigns work, then list each area we are currently focusing on underneath subeadings, EG:

Child maintenance

The child maintenance system is changing. Our research shows that there is at least £4billion in unclaimed child maintenance ....

The cost of childcare

The child maintenance system is changing. Our research shows that there is at least £4billion in unclaimed child maintenance ....