We are Gingerbread

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

Popular advice topics

Making arrangements

Contact arrangements

Setting up contact with your child's other parent.

Child maintenance

How to claim child maintenance and receive payments.

Legal help and responsibilities

Understand your rights and responsibilities as a single parent.

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.

Money

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.

Fundraise for us

Run the London Marathon for Gingerbread

We're looking for a champion to take on the legendary London Marathon and help us to empower more single parents across the UK.

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
Blurred background image - mostly grey with pinks, whites and blues