We've pulled together an events and activities guide to help you organise memorable experiences for your family and community. We hope it'll give you ideas and energy to meet new people, explore new hobbies and have more fun!

At Gingerbread, we regularly hear from single parents about the lack of community around them and that cost is often a barrier to creating fun, memorable experiences for their children or meeting and socialising with people in their local area.

Whether you’re looking to avoid the costs of a bad coffee just to have some time with other parents and their kids or the extortionate entry fees to attractions, we wanted to pull together some ideas of no or low cost activities single parent families can do together, with other single parent families, or even as part of a Gingerbread friendship group.

We want you to use this guide in the way that works best for you – try the ideas that stand out to you, or just use it for inspiration.

We encourage you to reach out to people around you. We all know how daunting it can be to ask someone if they’d like to picnic in the park or bring their kids around for a day of board game fun, but we believe it takes one person to start a conversation and get people talking and spending time together; effectively building a community.

We also challenge you to be open! It’s easy for us to tell people to reach out, but it’s equally important to remember to be open to people who do, and make an effort to get to know them and understand their needs and any signs that they might need a bit of support. You can learn more about supporting the single parents in your life here.

And if you’d like to let us know how you get on, you can drop us an email: campaign@gingerbread.org.uk