84% increase in calls to lone parents’ helpline during lockdown

Press release: 1 June 2020 A specialist helpline for one-parent families has recorded an 84% increase in calls when compared with the same period last year as parents struggle with life in lockdown. The askonefamily helpline run by charity, One Family, provides support for people parenting alone, sharing parenting and those separating. The increase comes […]

Statement | One Family and Retailers during Covid-19

One Family welcomes plan to expand family law cases – warns reform must continue post-COVID in the new Government

[9 May 2020] One Family – Ireland’s organisation for people parenting alone, sharing parenting and separating, today, welcomed the announcement that the District court is working to hear more cases during the COVID crisis specifically in relation to access and child maintenance issues. One Family CEO Karen Kiernan said, “Our askonefamily helpline has been inundated […]

Policy update

We hope you and your family are keeping safe and well. Over the week we have been busy on a number of different policy areas that are important to the families we represent. Access: We have updated our guidance [link] on how to manage access issues several times following regulations on the issue from government, […]

One-Parent Families and Covid-19

We have been all learning how to live in the new regime brought about by COVID-19.  There is new information emerging every day and we are working to review this and bring you as much relevant information as possible. Please keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts for regular updates. Based on calls […]

Local Covid-19 Supports

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 […]

Covid-19 service restrictions

Following the restrictions announced by Government yesterday,  we have put restrictions on some of our services to make sure everyone stays as safe as possible as our absolute priority is the safety and protection of parents, their families and the wider community. All our group-based programmes, Early Years Services and Child Therapy services are closed […]

One Family and Covid-19

One Family submission to Citizen’s Assembly on Gender Equality

About One Family One Family, founded in 1972 as Cherish, is Ireland’s organisation for people parenting alone, sharing parenting and separating.  One Family believes in an Ireland where every family is cherished equally, and enjoys the social, financial and legal equality to create their own positive future. We do two main things – we offer […]

Fun, family friendly fundraiser at Third Space

Fun, family friendly, fundraiser at Third Space, Smithfield on Friday March 27 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 […]

One Family submission to the Mother and Baby Home Commission

Who We Are One Family is Ireland’s organisation for people parenting alone, sharing parenting and separating. We provide a range of specialist family support services to one-parent families and advocate for improvements in policies, legislation and services. One Family was established in 1972 as Cherish. At that time Cherish was Ireland’s first organisation for single […]

Sinéad Gibney, One Family Board Member

Congratulations to Sinéad Gibney on her recommendation for appointment as Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

The Board and staff of One Family wish to warmly congratulate our Chairperson, Sinéad Gibney, on her recommendation for appointment as Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC). Sinéad will bring a wealth of expertise, experience and personal warmth to her new role and we all wish her the very, very […]

Sherie de Burgh Memorial Fund Launched

Fund launched for vital perinatal counselling services and to support vulnerable mothers and children. Press Release: Sunday, 16 February 2020 A fund in memory of renowned Irish crisis pregnancy counsellor, Sherie de Burgh, was launched last night at an event in Trinity College Dublin. The event co-hosted by Trinity College’s School of Social Work and […]

One Family calls on parents to challenge GE candidates on child poverty, homelessness and family law reform.

One Family, Ireland’s national organisation for people parenting alone, sharing parenting and separating has called on parents to challenge General Election candidates with a series of questions on their plans to address homelessness, child poverty and reform of Ireland’s archaic family law system. The call comes following the launch of the organisation’s Election Manifesto and […]

Telling your child – We are Separating

For a parent the thought of telling your children that you and their other parent are separating is incredibly hard to imagine not alone do.  It is however crucially important that parents talk with their children as soon as possible once a decision to separate has been made. Very young children from two years of […]

One Family’s Election Manifesto 2020

One Family’s Election Manifesto 2020 Families living in makeshift accommodation and children going without a warm meal shouldn’t happen in Ireland. It’s not who we are. But every night thousands of children and families go without these basic needs, caught in a broken system that pulls them under. It doesn’t have to be this way. […]