Did you know that one in four families is headed up by a single parent?
They could be your family member, your friend, or a neighbour.
You might have been raised by a single parent, or even be a single parent yourself.
At Gingerbread, we know that single parents are brilliant, but they also tell us that they face extra pressures during the Christmas season.
Nearly half of children in single parent families are living in poverty, so it can be difficult for parents to find extra cash for gifts and holiday sparkle after paying the bills. In 2017, 42% of single parents were likely to still be paying for the previous year’s presents compared to 30% of married couples.
It can be tough emotionally too. Although there are almost two million single parents in the UK, they are seldom represented in the cookie-cutter pictures of happy families splashed across Christmas cards and TV. And these images can add to the loneliness that single parents might feel during this period. With the festive season putting such an emphasis on family, togetherness and fun, it can leave a single parent feeling isolated, as they feel the pressure and anxiety of having to be social at this time of year.
Gingerbread’s advice and support services can help single parents manage the practical difficulties, overcome isolation and loneliness and enable them and their families to thrive - not just at Christmas, but throughout the year.
In order to continue these services and reach more single parents when they need us most, we need your help.
A donation to Gingerbread gives more single parents access to:
- expert, up-to-date advice and information on complex financial, emotional and practical needs
- friendship and support from other single parents through our groups and online forum, which helps to reduce loneliness and improve mental health and wellbeing
- Gingerbread campaigns, which give single parents opportunities to make their voices heard and change the systems that unfairly hold them back.
Put single parent families on your Christmas list with a donation to Gingerbread.
Together we can help more single parent families when they need us most.