Stories

We hear hundreds of stories from single parents each year. Read some of these stories here, using our topic filter to help you find stories that are relevant to you.

Progressing in work – Olivia’s story

Posted 11 December 2019

To mark Election Week, we’ve asked single parents to share their experiences of our key proposal policy areas. With one day to go until the country goes to the polls, our third blog explores single...

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Single parent poverty – Sally’s story

Posted 10 December 2019

To mark Election Week, we’ve asked single parents to share their experiences of our key proposal policy areas. Our second blog was written by Sally, a single parent to four children: eight year-old Chester, six...

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Declined – Husna’s Story

Posted 27 February 2019

Husna became a single mother of three at 24, and loves the outdoors, trekking and reading. Five years after her separation, she works as a journalist at leading media organisations including the BBC and ITV....

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Single and pregnant at work

Posted 4 December 2017

Edith realised she was pregnant shortly after a tragic event. She discusses how the support of her friends and family helped her navigate pregnancy, and gives advice to any single mother who finds themselves juggling...

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Becoming a young single parent

Posted 4 October 2017

Yvonne is 25 and lives in Enfield, North London, with her daughter, Jaeda, who is six and her son, Kaylan, who is five. Becoming a parent at a young age meant big life changes for...

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Full time work, study and motherhood

Posted 3 October 2017

Naomi is 34 and a single mum to six year-old Tobey. She recently made the decision to complete a PGCE in higher education while working full time and raising her son. Splitting up Tobey’s dad and I...

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The course reminded me of the skills I have

Posted 3 October 2017

Rachel is 41 and has two children, Nancy (20) and Xander (6). She started the Horizons programme – a training programme run by Gingerbread and Barclaycard to help single parents takes steps towards a brighter...

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Back on my feet after domestic violence

Posted 3 October 2017

Jemma is 28 a single parent to two boys – Alfie, age six, and Archie, age two. She lives in Leicester and is a full-time hairdressing student alongside working self-employed as a hair/beauty and make-up...

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From teen mum to career highflyer

Posted 3 October 2017

Sacha is 42 and lives in North London. She has two children, Ricky who is 25, and Saffron, 17. After becoming a single parent at 16, many people thought Sacha would never amount to anything....

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