Single Parents Day

Tomorrow March 21 is #SingleParentsDay

This year, One Family is joining with Gingerbread, One Parent Families Scotland and Parenting NI to celebrate one-parent families across social media.

We’d love your help in spreading the word and sharing the message that single parents are valued and invaluable.
Single parent families make up 25% of all families in Ireland but sadly we hear from parents that stigma and judgemental attitudes around one parent families is still an issue.

This is why we’re excited to use Single Parents Day 2020 as a chance to turn that message around and tell people about the amazing achievements that single parents accomplish for themselves and their families every day.

If you’d like to get involved, you can:
• Share this information with your networks.
• Use the #CelebrateSingleParents and #SingleParentsDay hashtags.
• Follow @OPFS, @Gingerbread, @parentingNI and @1familyireland, and keep an eye on the hashtags on the day so you can join the conversation and help raise the profile of single parents and #SingleParentsDay.

One Parent Families Scotland have developed some great resources to take part:

One Family and Covid-19

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Some positive moves to be welcomed but this falls short of the required Children’s Budget

Wednesday 9 October 2019

One Family welcomes the targeted measures in Budget 2020 for working lone parents and the commitment to fund research into child maintenance. Specifically, we welcome the targeted increases to help make work pay for lone parents and that restore payments to the ‘pre-cuts’ 2012 levels. These are: an increase of €15 in income disregards for the One-Parent Family Payment (OFP) and Jobseekers Transition Allowance (JST); an increase of €10 to the income threshold for the Working Family Payment for families with up to 3 children; and increases in the Qualified Child Increase (QCI) by €3 for over 12s and €2 for under 12s.

Karen Kiernan, CEO of One Family, said “We are pleased that Government has been listening to us and our colleagues over the past year and have implemented some of the specific and targeted measures that we looked for. However they did not deliver a Children’s Budget to support Ireland’s poorest children out of their daily poverty and they did not use the evidence available to them when making all decisions.”

One Family notes there are still inequalities in how one-parent families are treated in the social welfare code when compared to two-parent families and these issues need to be resolved as a matter of urgency. Kiernan continued: “we know the vast majority of Ireland’s poorest children live in one-parent families therefore we must target supports at them. Unnecessary barriers need to be urgently removed to ensure that lone parents are treated fairly particularly in relation to eligibility requirements for the Working Family Payment and the Back to School Clothing & Footwear Allowance. It is just not right to let children’s lives be restricted by poverty”.

Kiernan welcomed the commitment to the establishment of a statutory Child Maintenance Agency saying: “We are pleased that Minister Doherty has committed €150,000 to research this important issue. We hope this will include robust stakeholder engagement and feed into existing evidence and work on child maintenance.”

Kiernan also welcomed the fact that Minister Zappone listened to the concerns about lone parents at risk of losing out in the new National Childcare Scheme saying: “It is reassuring that lone parents can now stay on existing subsidies until August 2021 if this is helpful to them. An additional five hours per week for those on income-based subsidies is also something we looked for and have received.”

But we continue to have deep concerns about the impact of the Budget on the most vulnerable children. If we enter into a No Deal Brexit, which seems the most likely scenario, these families, who are already held back through poverty, will slip further behind. Brexit may well be an economic tsunami for them – particularly those families in rural Ireland where the economic impact of a No Deal may be most felt. Increases to carbon tax and knock-on effects on fuel and energy use are a real issue and will push the vulnerable into further poverty.


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For further information, visit

Link to One Family Pre-Budget Submission:

Link to One Family Child Maintenance Paper:

Link to One Family Budget Comparison document:

Available for Interview

Karen Kiernan, CEO | t: 01 662 9212 or 086 850 9191

Further Information/Scheduling

Noel Sweeney, Communications and Events Manager | t: 01 622 9212 or 085 7241294

askonefamily helpline develops new information resources for parents

The askonefamily helpline has developed the first in a series of new information resources to help one-parent families

These are the first in a series of new resources the Askonefamily helpline is developing to make information more accessible to parents.

About askonefamily

askonefamily provides information on: social welfare entitlements and issues, family law issues, housing, education, finances, childcare, parenting and community supports. We also offer support for those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.

Call a trained askonefamily team member on 01 662 9212* or email

We’re recruiting for Counsellors for My Options | March 2019

Counsellors for My Options – the National Information and Counselling Helpline for Unplanned Pregnancy | March 2019

  • Part-time Telephone Counsellor (Maternity Leave Cover)
  • Locum Telephone Counsellors (Sessional work)

Are you interested in joining the My Options team providing information and support to those with an unplanned pregnancy? If so, and you are a qualified, accredited counsellor with 3 years of counselling experience this could be the role for you.

One Family is recruiting experienced, professionally accredited counsellors for the My Options phone line for unplanned pregnancy.

If you are an enthusiastic, committed and experienced professional counsellor who is committed to women’s sexual and reproductive health, who would like to work in a progressive, voluntary sector organisation– you may wish to consider this post.

Extensive training will be offered in unplanned pregnancy counselling, post abortion counselling and telephone counselling skills.

My Options provides the following:

  • Counselling and listening support for those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy
  • Post-abortion counselling
  • Information on abortion, including services that provide abortion in Ireland and abroad
  • Information on the options of parenting and adoption
  • Signposting and referrals to other relevant, professional services.

One Family is Ireland’s organisation for people parenting alone, sharing parenting and separating families – see for full information. We have been providing non-directive counselling services to women and their families who experience unplanned or crisis pregnancies for several decades.

Person Specification:

Candidates need to:

  • Have a minimum of 3 years proven counselling experience
  • Have a relevant counselling/ psychotherapy qualification
  • Be an accredited member of IACP, IAHIP or another professional counselling body
  • Have experience of working in a team
  • Have a client-focussed perspective
  • Be enthusiastic and motivated
  • Be well organised with good attention to detail
  • Have good ICT skills.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have experience of telephone  counselling, online counselling or helpline work
  • Have experience of unplanned pregnancy counselling
  • Have experience of information provision.

Counsellor role and responsibilities:

  • To provide telephone support and counselling on all options for unplanned pregnancy
  • To provide information on abortion services in Ireland
  • To provide information and support online via webchat
  • To  deliver post-abortion counselling
  • Maintain all quality/professional standards and codes of practice
  • Attend relevant internal and external supervisions and trainings
  • Maintain all relevant administration, monitoring information and data
  • Follow all policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines
  • To contribute to evaluations, policy, reports, funding applications etc as requested
  • To be line managed by the My Options Manager and take direction where appropriate on issues relating to clients
  • To maintain the high professional and ethical standard in provision of care to clients.

The service runs between 9am and 9pm from Monday to Friday, as well as Saturday morning between 10am and 2pm.  Staff will be required to work day time and evening shifts of 4-6 hours duration.

The part-time Telephone Counsellor position (Maternity Leave Cover) is for 18 hours a week; additional hours may be needed so flexibility will be required. The panel of Locum Telephone Counsellors will provide sessional cover for shifts of between 4- 6 hours duration.

The service will be located in Dublin 7; remote working is not available for this position.  The full time (35 hour week) salary scale is €39,311 – €42,799 for the level of skills required; the salary offered will be pro-rata, based on skills and experience. 

Informal enquiries are welcome.

Application Procedure:

A cover letter addressing the required competencies and a CV, including the date of your professional accreditation, should be sent to:  My Options Manager, One Family, 8 Coke Lane, Smithfield, Dublin 7 or by email to First round interviews will take place on Friday 22 March with second round interviews scheduled to take place Tuesday 26 March.

Closing date for applications is 10am on Wednesday 20 March 2019

One Family is an equal opportunities employer

Fun, family friendly, fundraiser at Third Space, Smithfield

Fun, family friendly, fundraiser at Third Space, Smithfield on Friday February 22 from 7.00pm-9.30pm. Third Space as part of their Square Meal initiative provide all the food for free, the staff work for free, you enjoy a beautiful meal in the company of lovely people and you donate what you think the meal was worth/what you can afford and it all goes to One Family so we can continue to support families most in need. You can BYOB if you want and children are very welcome. You can book directly with Third Space on 01-529-7208 or email Thanks for your support!