A service from One Parent Families Scotland, whocelebrate their 70 year anniversary this year, is helping lone parents affected by welfare reform and poverty.

Choices runs a number of projects, working with some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised lone parents in Glasgow, most of whom are trapped in a cycle of low aspiration and expectation, unemployment and poverty.

Choices provide a range of support services which are tailored to individual needs, including welfare rights and money advice, advocacy and representation. Lone parents can also access fuel grants and energy efficiency advice.

There are group programmes through which OPFS support lone parents as they deal with challenges in their lives, such as coping with the effects of the Welfare Reform, basic IT skills and financial capability, personal and social development sessions and accessing grants and resources.

Lone parents can be matched to, or be trained as, Peer Mentors and we will soon begin training for volunteer Lone Parent Champions.

Choices also supports lone parents as they move towards employment through the Making it Work project.

The Lone Parent Helpline offers free confidential information, advice and publications on a wide variety of issues and is available 930-430 Mon – Fri on 0809 801 0323

If you are interested in finding out more about Choices projects please contact:-

Anne Baldock
Support & Connect Project Lead
Choices One Parent Families Scotland

100 Wellington St, Glasgow, G2 6DH
Tel 0141 847 0444

Source: One Parent Families Scotland