Project information

Parents Alone

We want to provide a monthly drop in group at lunch time on Saturdays where lone parents and their children can meet others in a similar situation for support and friendship. Lunch and children's activities will be provided.

January 2015 - December 2015

Charity information: Crossway Pregnancy Crisis Centre

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  • Need


    Bringing up children without the support of a partner can be both challenging and lonely. Activities for parents and children such as toddlers groups usually take place on weekdays. We know that parents on their own can find the weekends very long without any other adult contact. When a parent is a full time carer they can lose their confidence when they are ready to return to work.


    Our drop in session will provide somewhere for lone parents and their children to go at the weekend to meet others in a similar situation to themselves. It will be a safe place for children to play while their parents are able to talk to other adults. Lunch will be provided and volunteers will provide activities for the children. Long term we hope that the parents attending will gradually be able to help with running the group which will help develop skills and self esteem

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    A safe and welcoming place for lone parents with children to relax and meet others at the weekend


    » Activities for children
    » Lunch provided
    » Parents will have a place to socialise with others in a similar situation

    Success will be at least 10 families attending on a regular basis

    Aim 2

    Lone parents will gradually take over running the group


    » Parents will be asked if they would like to help with the group
    » Interested parents will help with the group
    » Gradually more aspects of running the group will be given to parents with any necessary training or support

    Anything from helping with setting up, to forming a committee, to taking over responsibility for the group

    Aim 3

    Lone parents will be able to get and give support to others in this situation


    » Through socialising

    Feedback from those attending will indicate this

  • Impact


    Reduce isolation of lone parents and increase skills and self esteem


    No one will come to the group. We are producing a leaflet to advertise the group that will be distributed widely.We will also let organisations who have contact with lone parents know about it. We can't get enough volunteers to run the group. Our current befrienders are recruiting volunteers through personal contacts and we are also advertising widely. Parents will not want to take any responsibility for the group. If so it could continue as set up originally.


    Annual Report via e mail (or post if necessary) on numbers of adults and children attending, activities, and feedback . At the end of the year also report on whether parents wish to help with the group. Report can be more frequent if required

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,450

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,300 Salaries Staff supervison of project
      £500 Training Volunteers & CRB checks
      £500 Premises & equipment Church hall, children's activities
      £1,150 Run project Volunteer time
      £1,000 Core costs Admin, office support
  • Background


    In St Richard's church in Ham


    Mainly lone parents in the Ham area . Also possibly our pregnancy crisis clients from other areas who have sought befriending support
    because they are keeping a ababy in difficult circumstances. Ham is one of the areas in Richmond borough with relatively high deprivation. The area has a history of organisations coming in and then leaving and people are distrustful. Our link with a local church will make our project more sustainable.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a group of committed befriending volunteersrs able to support parents raising children in difficult circumstances. We have formed a partnership with a local church, which has helped with volunteer recruitment, premises and local contacts. Through our other work we can link clients in need of support to the project

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Anne Wallace (Centre Director) - Staff

    She developed project with the Befrienders group and established partnership with St Richards church. Now manages the Befriending Coordinator

    Anne Kittappa

    Trustee with responsibility for volunteers and a foundin member of the Befrienders group. Developing publicity and recruiting volunteers

    Donna Turner

    Works for St Richards Church and responsible for this project on behalf of church. Helping with publicity, volunteer recruitment and local knowledge

    Emma Ashford

    Befriending Coordinator (part time) employed in January to oversee the project as well as our indiividual befriending support for single parents