Celebrating 100 years

Championing the voices and needs of single parent families since 1918


One in four: a profile of single parents in the UK

To mark our centenary, we've published a new report looking at how the lives of single parents have changed over time.

Read the report

Gingerbread: a history

Find out how Gingerbread has changed over the last 100 years, as well as key milestones for single parent families, using our interactive timeline.

See the timeline

News: more single parents working, yet poverty still rising

New data from our report shows unsustainable work and poverty are two of the biggest issues facing single parent families in the UK.

Read the press release


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.

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We've supported single parents for 100 years. Help us continue.

February 2018 marks 100 years of Gingerbread's work. Over that time, the lives of single parents have changed massively, but we know there's more work to do. Please consider donating to Gingerbread and help us to support the UK's 1.7 million single parent families.

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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