£1m lone parent windfall

Pictured, from left are: Elaine Cassell Fife Gingerbread, David Torrance MSP, Tracy Brown Client Action Team ' Opportunities Fife and Rhona Cunningham (Fife Gingerbread)

Pictured, from left are: Elaine Cassell Fife Gingerbread, David Torrance MSP, Tracy Brown Client Action Team ' Opportunities Fife and Rhona Cunningham (Fife Gingerbread)

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THE Big Lottery fund has announced a package of funding worth over £1 million for lone parents in Fife.

The Making it Work scheme aims to help single parents tackle the many challenges they face getting into the job market.

Fife Gingerbread will lead a group with Fife Council education and learning, Citizens Advice and Rights Fife, Scottish Childminding Association and One Fife Gingerbread in administering the £1,250,000 fund.

Jackie Killeen, Scotland director, Big Lottery Fund, said: “Making it Work has a big ambition: to improve the lives of single parent families.

“The five partnerships we are supporting today have taken approaches which suit their local needs and circumstances.

“We want to see services such as education, employability and childcare coming together to help create a more holistic service and give lone parent families a better chance of a brighter future.”

It is estimated there are over 174,000 lone parents with 295,000 children in Scotland.

Just below half are living in income poverty.

While many lone parents want to work, escalating competition for jobs along with the challenge of finding the right childcare can mean some struggle to sustain or secure a job.

Award

Rhona Cunningham, manager of Fife Gingerbread, which provides support to an estimated 10,000 familes throughout the kingdom, said: “We are delighted to have been given this award.

We are a small independent, grass-roots organisation and today’s funding will allow us to develop and to continue to work alongside our partners, sustaining our joint work in the community with local families.”

Congratulating the team when he met Fife Gingerbread yesterday (Wednesday), SNP MSP David Torrance said: “Life as a single parent can be challenging and having to prioritise family commitments can often make it extremely difficult to find work.

He continued: “This funding will enable Fife Gingerbread to help single parents to prepare for work and to deal with the problems associated with arranging appropriate childcare, putting them in a better position to make the move back into employment.”