We are Gingerbread

The charity supporting single parent families to live secure, happy and fulfilling lives

Popular advice topics


Planning for Christmas

Help with budgeting and making contact arrangements.

Your first Christmas as a single parent

Practical tips from other single parents.

Help over Christmas

Where to go for advice or support over the Christmas period.

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.

Search for grants

See if you're eligible for any grants with our grants search.

Tie a bow on our Centenary year

Donate to Gingerbread this Christmas

We've empowered thousands of single parent families with our advice, information, campaigns and policy work for over 100 years. This Christmas, your donations can help us continue to support thousands more single parents and make their voices heard.

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. See where your nearest group is.

Find your nearest group

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