Who we work with
Our corporate partners make it possible for us to deliver our work. We partner with businesses from different sectors and of different sizes to give single parents the opportunities they need to build the life they want for them and their children.
Typically we work with partners over the course of a few months to agree upon the course details. Once an agreement has been reached we will then be responsible for the delivery of the training course.
Marks & Spencer
Since 2004, we have worked with Marks & Spencer on their flagship Marks & Start scheme. The scheme was designed to support people who face barriers getting into work, and single parents are one of their core groups they are aiming to help. The programme provides in-house training by Gingerbread and practical work experience in Marks & Spencer stores across the country.
Supported by the J P Morgan Chase Foundation, Scraping and Saving – delivered by Gingerbread in partnership with Toynbee Hall – supports low income single parent families to confidently save.
Running from 2017 – 2019, this project will work directly with single parents to translate research on savings motivations and behaviour into practical solutions by:
- exploring the needs of single parent families receiving Universal Credit;
- providing digital and financial capability training and advice to help families overcome immediate barriers to financial resilience; and
- identifying a digital tool that will help single parents to confidently save.
We work with London Youth to deliver the Talent Match programme, developed to support young single parents who have been out of education, work or training for more than a year. The programme builds confidence and motivation through giving single parents the opportunity to volunteer, train, and gain work experience.
London and Quadrant Housing
We work with London and Quadrant Housing (L&Q Housing) to deliver the Empowering You project. Empowering You aims to give holistic support to single parents living in L&Q Housing – factoring in primary considerations for single parents, the project teaches single parents how to access childcare and how to meet other single parents.
Barnardo’s support our Make Trax programme; a personalised support programme for single parents aged 16-25 years old living in Croydon.
Big Lottery Fund
The Big Lottery Fund is supporting our work in South East England, with our Building Better Opportunities: Essex and Building Better Opportunities: Kent courses. These programmes help prepare single parents for the job market through one-to-one mentoring designed to reduce the barriers to employment single parents may face.
They are also supporting single parents in Wales through the Growing Together and Co-Creating Healthy Change projects.
Banana Enterprise Network
Make It Work is a programme run by Gingerbread in partnership with Banana Enterprise Network helping single parents decide if they’d like to be self-employed or work for someone else.
Matrix has supported single parents in Wales through our Growing Together programme.