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It’s Single Parents Day!

Single Parents Day is a day for single parents to reflect on and celebrate their achievements, for the world to show single parents how much they’re valued and for organisations like to join in – and push for a more equal society, in which all families are on a level playing field, however many parents they have!

  • There are around 1.8 million single parents – they make up nearly a quarter of families with dependent children
  • Less than one per cent of single parents are teenagers
  • Around 90 per cent of single parents are women
  • The average age of a single parent is 39 years
  • 21 per cent of single parents are from a Black or minority ethnic background (including those of other White origin, apart from White British), compared with 16 per cent nationally
  • 28 per cent of single parents have a disability, compared with 14 per cent of couple parents

Gingerbread Helpline 0808 802 0925

The helpline is  available:

  • Mondays: 10am to 6pm
  • Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays: 10am to 4pm
  • Wednesdays: 10am to 1pm and 5pm to 7pm
  • The helpline is closed on all public holidays

Gingerbread information and support

Gingerbread have an online forum, groups and lots of useful information for families.



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