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Single Parent Appeal - COVID-19 support

Single Parent Appeal - COVID-19 support

Why we need your help

One Parent Families Scotland is asking for your support in this time of crisis.

Life in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, social distancing and isolation is challenging for all of us, but for some families these new pressures are even more overwhelming. Single parents and their children make up one in four families in Scotland, and they are some of the hardest hit during these unusual times.

How your donation will help

Practical, financial and emotional support for single parents and their children is more urgent than ever before. With your help, we can make sure that families are not alone and that parents can support their children to thrive during this difficult time.


Your donations will allow us to: 

  • Buy essentials such as food, nappies and toys for families in crisis.
  • Help families access the equipment and internet connection they need for their children to participate in online learning opportunities. 
  • Provide emergency energy grants to families in crisis. 
  • Coordinate volunteers in communities across Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk and North Lanarkshire to deliver groceries and other essential items to single parent families who cannot shop for themselves.

What we are asking you to do

  1. Challenge yourself to try an activity under one of the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’.
  2. Ask friends and family to sponsor you (you can even create your own fundraising page and select One Parent Families Scotland as your chosen charity).
  3. Donate to our Urgent Appeal for Single Parent Families.

The Challenge

We’ve come up with a few suggestions of what you might do under each of the five ‘ways’ to boost your wellbeing and help single parent families at the same time. We hope you might be able to get creative and come up with your own ideas too.


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Why single parents and their children need your support

Many single parents are struggling to cope on their own with school closures, changes in working arrangements, loss of income, and simply getting to the shops to get food when there’s nobody to stay at home with the children. 

Single parents who relied on the support of extended family and friends suddenly find themselves in total isolation, all while trying to deal with a strange and frightening situation.

  • Children in single parent households are already twice as likely to be living in poverty.
  • Around 70% of single parents are in low-paid jobs, many of which are now classed as key workers and are less likely to be able to be carried out as normal from home.
  • Single parent households have the lowest overall wealth of any household type in Scotland and are the most likely to be in debt.
  • 73% of single parents are also classed as “financially vulnerable” (the highest of any household type), which means they do not have enough savings to be able to cover essential living costs for three months.

Your donations can provide much needed extra help directly to families in crisis over the coming weeks and months. Even a small donation can make a big difference to the children and families who need your support.

Many single parents are struggling to cope on their own with school closures, changes in working arrangements, loss of income, and simply getting to the shops to get food when there’s nobody to stay at home with the children. 

Single parents who relied on the support of extended family and friends suddenly find themselves in total isolation, all while trying to deal with a strange and frightening situation. 

Children in single parent households are already twice as likely to be living in poverty.

Around 70% of single parents are in low-paid jobs, many of which are now classed as key workers and are less likely to be able to carried out as normal from home.

Single parent households have the lowest overall wealth of any household type in Scotland and are the most likely to be in debt.

73% of single parents are also classed as “financially vulnerable” (the highest of any household type), which means they do not have enough savings to be able to cover essential living costs for three months.

Your donations can provide much needed extra help directly to families in crisis over the coming weeks and months.

4,855.00

raised towards 10,000.00 target

4855.00
10000.00

How you can support us

Make a donation

Select the amount you'd like to give or fundraise towards


Fundraise in support

Create a fundraising page in support of Single Parent Appeal - COVID-19 support and make a real impact

Supporters

Mhairi Logan

The Couch to 5k challenge

170.00
Caitlin and Lauren Running

Couch to 5k for One Parent Families Scotland

500.00

Feb 27, 2021

Rhona

Single mothers home schooling are the real heroes. You?re doing the most important job in the world. Well done. Stay strong. From a single mother who has just gratefully made it through the other side.xx

40.00
(plus 10.00 giftaid)

Feb 06, 2021

Anonymous

5.00
(plus 1.25 giftaid)

Feb 04, 2021

Anonymous


Jan 04, 2021

Anonymous

50.00
(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Jan 04, 2021

Anonymous

25.00
(plus 6.25 giftaid)

Jan 04, 2021

Anonymous

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Nov 16, 2020

Andrina

50.00
(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Nov 10, 2020

Anonymous

5.00
(plus 1.25 giftaid)

Oct 29, 2020

Andrina

50.00
(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Oct 24, 2020

Anonymous

10.00
(plus 2.50 giftaid)

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Total raised so far

4,855.00

Total plus Gift Aid 5,729.25

Direct donations

4,012.00

Raised offline 173.00

Fundraising pages

670.00

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