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Get together!

Gingerbread friendship groups are a chance for single parent families to get together, meet new people and share experiences.

Run by single parent volunteers, they’re a space for local single mums and dads to support each other and share the highs and lows of parenting, or just to have a cuppa and a chat while their children play.

Groups are fun, informal and easy to set up or join.


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Why be part of a Gingerbread group?

Being part of a Gingerbread group means you and your children will have access to a local network of families who understand what single parent life is like and can offer friendship and support – as well as a lot of fun!

Read more about what being part of a Gingerbread group can offer

What’s it like to be part of a group?

Just like single parent families, Gingerbread groups come in all shapes and sizes and every group is different, designed around what its members want from it. To join a group, you’ll first need to be a Gingerbread member – find out more about joining for free today.

Groups are run by one or more group co-ordinators (single parents and Gingerbread members themselves) who make sure the group meets regularly in comfortable and safe surroundings, and that all group members are able to contribute to the running of the group. Depending on what the group decides, meetings might be every week or every month, there might be regular day-trips or activities, or it may be a chance to grab a cuppa with some new friends and have a chat – it’s really up to you!

single dad and son

What our group members say

  • Friendly, supportive, wonderful group of people! My son has come on leaps and bounds with his confidence and social skills since attending the group."

  • Joining the group is the best thing that's happened to me since my break-up!"

  • I cannot express how reassuring it is to meet up with people who are or have been going through the same things as me. To share experiences, problems, solutions; good times and bad times


Gingerbread groups are:

  • Child-friendly
  • Free to join – though you may be asked for a small contribution towards refreshments or days out
  • Fun and informal
  • Safe and secure – we ask all our group co-ordinators to agree to read, understand and make available to their group child protection information provided by the Safe Network
  • Easy to set up
  • Easy to join
  • Run by single parents, for single parents. A single parent is the mum or dad who is the main carer for a child under 18 (sometimes a foster, adoptive parent or grandparent). A single parent may be single, widowed, divorced, or separated. Only single parents who are members of Gingerbread will be able to join or start a group.

Got a specific question about Gingerbread groups? See if our groups FAQs page has the answer.

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The impact of Gingerbread groups

At Gingerbread we are committed to measuring our impact and learning from what single parents tell us about the difference we make in their lives. Working with nef consulting, the social enterprise arm of nef (new economics foundation), we have developed a framework for measuring our impact and applied this to our network of local Gingerbread groups. To find out more about how important local Gingerbread groups are in helping single parent families feel less isolated and better able to cope read our report 'Getting Together: The impact of local Gingerbread groups on single parent families in England and Wales'