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Free Interpreting Available on OPFS Lone Parent Helpline

Do you know any single parents seeking an interpreter to equally access telephone advice? Many single parents seeking advice would like to use an interpreter because English is not their first language. One Parent Families are pleased to announce that …

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OPFS Becomes an SFHA Supporting Associate

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, the membership body for housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland, has welcomed OPFS as its newest ‘Supporting Associate’. Our Flexible Childcare Services Scotland (FCSS) service works with Abertay Housing Association to provide childcare services …

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Reducing Impact of School Holidays on Family Poverty and Food Insecurity

In 2018 single parents and family groups in Cranhill Glasgow came together through a participatory budgeting project with the support of Scottish Government Community Choices funding. One Parent Families Scotland and the Cranhill Development Trust used a Participatory Budgeting approach …

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Letter to UN Special Rapporteur Following Scotland Visit

The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, visited Scotland last week to inquire into rising levels of poverty and hardship across the UK. Poverty is the biggest human rights issue facing children in Scotland. …

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Christmas Countdown

The Christmas holiday is one many people look forward to. It can be a wonderful time but can also bring stress and worry. Preparing for Christmas in advance can help make it more manageable. Below are a few ideas, suggestions …

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Twelve Weans of Christmas Appeal

Help make this Christmas special for children and families. Spread some cheer and make a difference this year. Your donations of new toys, clothes and non-perishable foods will make a real difference to children who would otherwise receive very little this Christmas. …

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Scottish government consultation on fraud in the social security system – OPFS Response

OPFS welcomes the commitment that the Scottish Social Security Agency will treat those who use the service with dignity, respect and fairness. The process of developing the suite of early years benefits – Best Start Grants in particular – has …

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OPFS is Recruiting Four Posts

At OPFS we currently recruiting for four posts, one each in our Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and North Lanarkshire offices. Family Support Worker (Children and Fathers), North Lanarkshire – Responsible for the delivery of Lanarkshire Service for single dads and their children; …

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OPFS Response to Scottish Parliament Inequality Debate

One Parent Families Scotland has responded to comments made by Michelle Ballantyne MSP when she said the poor “can’t have as many children as they like” during a debate about inequality in the Scottish Parliament yesterday. Marion Davis, head of …

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Single Parent Charity Moves to new Headquarters

This Friday Malcolm Chisholm, previous MSP for Edinburgh North and Leith and MP for Edinburgh Leith, will officially open the new headquarters of One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) at 2, York Place in Edinburgh. OPFS is Scotland’s national single parent …

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