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.

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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Why you should complete our survey about sport

Posted 12 February 2019

Lidia is an inspired, passionate, proud single mother who was born in South Africa and now lives in the UK. She is a mother to an amazing teenage daughter, who is one of Lidia’s inspirations...Gingerbread is currently undertaking research to understand better the experiences of single parent families in taking part in sport. This research will allow Gingerbread to make the case to leisure trusts around the country to...I sincerely ask to take a few minutes to complete the survey, Sport and You. Essentially Gingerbread wants to support us as single parents to access more fitness and leisure facilities.  I am passionate about...The survey closes at midday on Monday 18 February so be sure to do it before then! At the end, you’ll have the chance to enter a prize draw to win one of two £50 Love2Shop...

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Tell your story; because no one else can

Posted 1 February 2019

  Jemma Wallace is a writer from Edinburgh, currently working on her first novel as winner of the #WeArethe1in4 competition with Gingerbread and Trapeze Books. Jemma is mum to seven-year-old Archie and works part-time as a...For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a writer. When I was child, I spent most of my time in my own, or someone else’s imagination. I can create a character...

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My top four tips for getting through the tough times

Posted 31 January 2019

Single parent Christina is a spiritual artist and mum to three children aged 13, 15 and 21. In this blog, she discusses what helps her through single parenthood.I was with my ex-husband for 15 years; we were married for nine of them. After getting the courage to leave my situation of domestic abuse, I divorced in 2012. I then began to rebuild our...

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Being able to enjoy life with my daughter makes me proud

Posted 30 January 2019

Karen is mum to 11 year-old Ebony. Together they have a have a house rabbit called Steve. As well as working in a nursery, Karen manages a pet sitting service looking after pets in their...When I think of the word proud, apart from the obvious, words such as noticeable, standout and visible come to mind. This may be because society makes the issues of being a single parent noticeable,...

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