Single parents, equal families

We provide expert advice, practical support and campaign for single mums and dads


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Shortlist for the 'One in Four' writer competition

Find out more about the competition, aimed at finding a new writer with experience of single parent family life, and the shortlist here.

See the shortlist
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Gingerbread on BBC Radio 4

Gingerbread turns 100 this year! To celebrate, we talked to Radio 4's Woman's Hour about what's changed and what challenges remain.

Find out more and listen again
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On Universal Credit?

We're calling on the government to make changes to the Universal Credit system. If you want to see Universal Credit improved for single parent families, visit our campaign page.

See our campaign


Splitting up

Support for your child

However your child responds to family changes, support is out there.

Support for you

How you can look after yourself after separation.


Benefit calculators

Find out what benefits you’re entitled to.

Child maintenance

How to arrange child maintenance and get the right calculation.

Universal credit

What the new benefit system means for you.


Starting work

Tips and support for getting into employment

Changing your hours, job or pay

How you and your family might be affected by changes at work.



Looking to study? Read Aileen's story

As a single parent, you can have many conflicting priorities - your children, work, money, and your own needs. For some, studying can seem like a distant prospect - however, there are lots of resources for single parents to support you in education. Aileen talks about how she ended up studying for a Chemistry degree, and the steps she took to get there.

Speak to other single parents

Become a member

Membership is free brings lots of great benefits, including a monthly newsletter, offers and discounts, and opportunities to meet new people – all tailored to single mums and dads.

Sign up for free membership

Chat on our forum

Our forum is a safe and supportive online space just for our single parent members. Speak to people who understand or browse for tips to overcome common challenges.

Start a conversation

Join a group

We have Gingerbread groups around the country, where you can meet other single parents for support, friendship and local activities.

Find your nearest group
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