Gingerbread, the charity for single parent families

Gingerbread, the charity for single parent families

Charity information

Gingerbread, the charity for single parent families

Gingerbread are the leading national charity working with single parent families. Since 1918, Gingerbread have been at the forefront of shaping policy and services that support single parents. Today, there are nearly two million single parent families in the country. Gingerbread champion their voices and keep their needs at the heart of everything they do, offering support through their campaigning, peer support and advice services.

Founded 1918

  • Mission statement

    Founded in 1918, Gingerbread is the only national charity working with single parent families. There are nearly two million single parents in Britain - that's one in four families with children. Financial insecurity, stigma and social isolation are issues faced by single parents every day.

    With 100 years' experience, Gingerbread is the first port of call when times are tough for hundreds of thousands of single parent families each year. We offer expert advice and training, a peer support network and we work with single parents to get their voices hear.

    We are the only national organisation that exists solely to improve the lives of single parent families - our unqiue services are shaped by and for single parents. Our mission is to champion and enable single parent families to live secure, happy and fulfilling lives, with a vision of a world where diverse families can thrive.

    To outline our impact:

    > More than 800,000 access our website each year – and that’s more than doubled in the past five years

    > Each year, we help more than 9,000 parents address complex financial, emotional, and practical needs through our helpline, averaging 17 minutes per call

    > Gingerbread supports around 1,000 single parents each year through our through our training programmes

    > We have up to 100 friendship groups, bringing single parents together. We also have our online membership of over 12,000 single parents, who receive support in our online forum and exclusive membership benefits.

  • Aims

    Gingerbread, the charity for single parent families aims to:

    • To extend our reach and profile.
    • To improve the reach, quality and impact of our services for single parents.
    • To secure policy changes on behalf of single parents through campaigning.
    • To promote positive attitudes towards single parents and challenge stigma.
  • Overview

    Established: February 1918

    Registered Charity Number: 230750

    Board members: 14

    Full time staff: 46

    Part time staff: 19

    Volunteers: 105

    Phone number: 02074285431

    Address: NW5 1TL

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
  • Expert advice for single parents who need it most

    Our free helpline answers about 9,000 calls a year from single parents but 9,000 more go u... More