News | Holiday Opening Hours

One Family offices and askonefamily helpline close for the holiday season on Thursday 21 December 2017, re-opening on Tuesday 2 January 2018. We wish a joyful and peaceful Christmas and New Year to all.               Links to some external services and supports that may be of interest can be […]

Policy | Lone Parents Still Have the Highest Rate of Consistent Poverty – SILC Report

The Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) 2016 results released in December 2017 showed: Deprivation rates for lone parents Lone parents are still struggling to meet the costs of living for themselves and their children. This includes the basics such as housing, food, heating and clothes. This is unacceptable and should not be normalised. […]

Policy | Lone Parents Most Affected by Consistent Poverty, New ESRI Report Shows

One Family responds to a new ESRI report which was published today that forms part of the research programme for the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Poverty Transitions in Ireland: An Analysis of the Central Statistics Office (CSO) Longitudinal Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC), 2004-2015. The report uses Irish SILC data from […]

News | One Family Win Top Dublin Bus Community Spirit Award

One Family is honoured to have been selected as one of five recipients of the Dublin Bus Community Spirits Awards 2017. One Family received the top award of €5,000 along with four other worthy winners:  Anam Cara Parental & Sibling Bereavement Support; Darndale Belcamp Integrated Childcare Service Ltd; HalfTime Talk CLG and National Family Support […]

Events | Glow at Smithfield

The wonderful GLOW returns to Smithfield Square this Saturday 9 December from 2-6pm! One Family is delighted to be part of a line-up of amazing free family fun that includes Lords of Strut, illustrator Chris Judge, Maynooth Gospel Choir, Kidisco, Brown Bag Films, Light House Cinema, Brian Daly Magician and much more. Join us inside the GLOW tent to make beautiful paper […]

Vacancies | Join our Team

Would you like to join our team? One Family is recruiting for a number of exciting positions, based in our offices in Dublin 7. If you would like to apply, please click on the links below for details of each role, person specification, and application process. 1. Communications and Events Manager (Part-time) Leading the Communications, […]

Policy | Update from the Policy Desk

The One Family Policy Service has been focussed on the Budget 2018 announcement in recent weeks. On 10 October the Minister for Finance, Pascal Donohoe outlined a summary of budgetary measures to be implemented during 2018. You can read a summary of the key changes to social welfare entitlements here. The Budget goes a small […]

Parenting | Sharing Parenting and Keeping Your Children at the Centre of Planning this Christmas

It may seem a bit early to talk about Christmas but when it comes to making a plan for sharing parenting at Christmas the earlier you talk about it the better. Sharing parenting can be a very positive experience for children when parents are able to do it well. However, as a well renowned Psychotherapist, […]

Parenting | Enjoying Safe Halloween Fun

Halloween, having its roots in the Gaelic Samhain Festival, is a wonderful time for family fun and games. As parents, we need to take precautions to ensure the safety of our children without taking away from the fun. Here we offer tips to help make Halloween safe and fun this year: Consider having a party in […]

Policy | Most Recent Employment Figures from CSO

The Quarterly National Household Survey released today by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) reveals the most recent employment statistics for the period April-June (Q2) 2017. One Family has analysed the findings in relation to people who are parenting alone. In Q2 2017, the employment rate of lone parents (aged 15-64) was 58.5% (up 2.1% from 56.4%). This […]

News | Office Closed on Monday 16 October

To ensure the safety of our clients and staff, One Family will be closed tomorrow, Monday 16 October. This is in response to Met Éireann’s Status Red weather warning as Ex-Hurricane Ophelia is forecast to track directly over Ireland. All schools, colleges and educational institutions have been instructed to close tomorrow. It is expected that One […]

Press Release | Budget 2018: Much More Needed to Lift One-Parent Families out of Government-created Poverty

Press Release Budget 2018: Much More Needed to Lift One-Parent Families out of Government-created Poverty Indecon Report: Government saves €45m net but parents and children are poorer despite working (Dublin, Tuesday 10 October 2017) One Family, Ireland’s organisation for people parenting alone, sharing parenting, and separating, acknowledges the announcement of the partial Income Disregard restoration […]

Statement | Response to Indecon Report on One Parent Family Payment Reform

One Family Response to the Report ‘Indecon Independent Review of the Amendments to the One-parent Family Payment since January 2012’ A long-awaited report, prepared by Indecon Research Economists on behalf of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, was released late this afternoon. It is regrettable this this important report has been made available […]

Policy | Update from the Policy Desk

Valerie Maher, our Policy & Programmes Manager, writes about some of our recent policy work. The One Family Policy Service has been focussed on pre Budget preparations over the past few weeks in advance of the Budget 2018 announcement tomorrow, Tuesday October 10th. We are anticipating the release of a report by Indecon Economic Consultants […]

Press Release | Government Must Use the Evidence: New Report Confirms Increased One-Parent Family Poverty

Press Release Government Must Use the Evidence – Another New Report Confirms Increased Poverty in One-Parent Families   (Dublin, Monday 2 October 2017) One Family – Ireland’s organisation for people parenting alone and sharing parenting – responds to the news that a report by Indecon Economic Consultants commissioned by Government to examine the impact of austerity […]

Training | Call for Working Lone Parents

Are you a lone parent who has recently returned to work? Could you help One Family to pilot our new online programme on work-life balance for working lone parents this October and November? We are looking for: • Lone parents who are currently in work; • With reliable internet access via a computer or smart […]

Training | Autumn Courses for Parents and Professionals Booking Now

One Family offers an exciting suite of training programmes for people who are parenting alone, or sharing parenting after separation, including a number of free courses; and also programmes for professionals who work with parents, children and families. Whether returning to education or employment, building on skills to strengthen family life, or continuing professional development, Autumn […]

Vacancy | Parenting and Welfare to Work Facilitator

One Family is hiring. We are seeking experienced facilitators to deliver our programmes for parents. One Family has developed manualised programmes which will be delivered by facilitators in both our Parenting and Programmes services. Our programmes aim to support lone parents to meet the challenges of parenting alone and progress into sustainable training, education and […]

Policy | Update from the Policy Desk

Valerie Maher, our Policy & Programmes Manager, writes about some of our recent policy work. The Policy Service has been very busy over the summer. We attended the Social Inclusion Forum in June with a member of our volunteer Policy Panel who is parenting alone. The Forum encourages discussion on social inclusion issues between officials from […]

Policy | New Initiatives for Lone Parent Access to Higher Level Education

The Department of Education has today issued a review completed by academics at Maynooth University which sought to identify the barriers lone parents face in accessing higher level education. The review also examined the trends in participation and completion rates by lone parents in higher education and the range of measures that are currently available […]