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Shared Parenting Survey

Ireland’s first National Shared Parenting Survey is now live. We need as many people as possible to take part so that finally the realities for thousands of families can be recognised. Please follow the link below to complete the short survey.

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Options Enrolment Open

Enrolment is now open for our free Options part-time courses, specifically designed for those parenting alone or sharing parenting, in Communications, IT Skills, and Nursing Theory & Practice. Registration closes on 26 August so find out more today.

 

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Budget 2017

One Family’ Pre-Budget Submission for Budget 2017 is titled End Child Poverty, Make Work Pay. Government must invest in services and set targeted income supports for one-parent families.

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askonefamily is One Family’s helpline offering information and listening support for men and women parenting alone, sharing parenting or separating. It is also available to extended family, friends or professionals. Call askonefamily on 1890 66 22 12 or 01 662 9212, from Monday to Friday between 10am – 2pm.

 

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One Family Video

Watch our new video to hear ten years old Dani talk about the work we did in 2015 and the situations for one-parent families in Ireland today, and also our plans for the years ahead.

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Parenting | Supporting your child when they can only see failures

Parenting | Supporting your child when they can only see failures

Success and failure starts at a very young age for us all; starting with learning to crawl and walk, we constantly deal with successes and failures throughout our lives: passing exams, getting onto the team, winning medals, getting a place in college, securing a job, etc. As a parent, it is heartbreaking to see your child hurt because they think that they have failed. How can we protect our children when we see them suffering? Here are '10 ways' to support your child when they suffer the setback of perceived failure: The first step should be to sit with them and listen[...]
Statement | One Family’s Response to Minister Varadkar’s Statement on Lone Parents and Educational Supports

Statement | One Family’s Response to Minister Varadkar’s Statement on Lone Parents and Educational Supports

Statement One Family’s Response to Minister Varadkar’s Statement on Lone Parents and Educational Supports One Family is disappointed to read Minister Varadkar’s statement of 17 August 2016 in relation to lone parents accessing education.  While the Minister has correctly outlined a number of supports currently available to people parenting alone, the statement fails to recognise some of the major barriers faced by lone parents trying to access education which have recently been discussed in the media. As highlighted in One Family’s Pre-Budget Submission those in receipt of Rent Supplement should be permitted to engage in full-time education. This would remove a number of structural[...]
Parenting | Getting ready for back to school

Parenting | Getting ready for back to school

As we fast approach the end of August, it is time to prepare both our children and ourselves for going back to school. The relaxed days and bright evenings of no homework are fewer. With only one full week to go for most, it is time to get things in place so the first week back, as well as the rest of the term, can run smoothly. We offer '10 ways' to make a smooth transition from summertime to the new school year: Ask everyone, including yourself, what you need to do in the next week to be ready for the new[...]
Parenting | How might your child react to parental separation?

Parenting | How might your child react to parental separation?

Whatever the circumstances, parental separation is hard on families and big changes must be made. Keeping children at the centre of parenting and responding to their thoughts, feelings and questions, will help you to help them during this difficult time. Research shows that children normally experience one or more of the following reactions to the separation of their parents: Children often get caught in the middle; loyalty to one parent can cause conflict. "Does mum or dad love someone else?". Although mum or dad might not love each other anymore, it is important to reassure your child that you both continue to love him/her. "I don't want to come[...]
Press Release | Lone Parents Thwarted by Systemic Barriers to Accessing Education

Press Release | Lone Parents Thwarted by Systemic Barriers to Accessing Education

Press Release Lone Parents Thwarted by Systemic Barriers to Accessing Education Improving access to education and employment for parents will lead to ending child poverty. (Dublin, Monday 8 August 2016) One Family – Ireland’s organisation for people parenting alone, sharing parenting, and separating – again calls on Government to remove the systemic barriers to education and employment that people parenting alone are thwarted by. Lone parents must be offered an equal chance to progress their and their children’s futures. Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar, and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, have promised to address the serious issue of child poverty[...]

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Family Day

Family Day

One Family is the founder of the Family Day Festival, the largest celebration of the diversity of families in Ireland today with 6,000 attending in 2016. Join in the fun and celebrate all families!

Single Issue

Single Issue

'Single Issue', the memoir of our founder Maura O'Dea Richards (Poolbeg Press), is available as an e-Book for just €5. It is a moving, funny and fascinating read. Please support our work by purchasing a copy today.