Lone Parents

We have created a special area for Lone Parents on Mum and Working - inspired by the huge response we have had about work that is suitable for one parent families.

Useful Links


One Parent Families Scotland, aim to encourage and enable parents across Scotland to make the most of the opportunities available to them so they can flourish as happy, healthy and achieving families. One Parent Families Scotland provides help to all single parent families; mums, dads, young parents and kinship carers. The site is very informative and contains a great deal of useful information.


Gingerbread is the leading and largest charity for lone parents providing help for 1.8 million lone parents and their children throughout England and Wales. The organisation offers advice and an expert and confidential free phone service dealing with a varied range of queries.

Gingerbread works to help to counter the effects of childhood poverty by organising holidays, discount vouchers, outings and events to ensure that children are not excluded from activities and opportunities. Provides the opportunity for children in lone parent families to come together and support for lone parent families through over 200 local self-help groups. They have a helpline number which is 0808 802 0925.


Parentline Plus is a national charity that works for, and with, parents.

The organisation know that parents want to do the best they can for their children, but sometimes family life can be challenging and difficult. There is after all, no one right way to parent. In the UK there are over 24 million people who parent - it's not just mums and dads who do it. Families come in all shapes and sizes. Grandparents, stepparents, brothers, sisters, other relatives, friends and foster carers are all involved in raising happy, healthy children.

Parentline Plus works to offer help and support through an innovative range of free, flexible, responsive services - shaped by parents for parents. They have a helpline number which is 0808 800 2222.


OneSpace is an online community and information site for all single mums and dads who are raising children on their own. Their experts can offer confidential advice, guidance and support to single parents. If you are worried about benefits, child maintenance and support or any aspect of family law expert advisers are there to help. OneSpace and its parent organization, the Single Parent Action Network, campaign to make sure that your stories and your questions about single parenting remain at the front of the political agenda.


This support site, aims to provide a virtual meeting place for single lone parent mums, and dads, thereby helping to reduce the isolation and loneliness that lone single parents some times feel. Single parent chat room, message board and tips on survival etc...


Working Families is the UK's leading work-life balance organisation. They help and give a voice to working parents and carers, whilst also helping employers create workplaces which encourage work-life balance for everyone.

Armed by all we hear from our supporters, Helpline callers and their award winners, as well as our cutting edge research, Working Families make the case to government and employers for social policy and workplace change that will benefit families, employers and communities.

They have a free parents and carers helpline which is 0300 012 0312.