Changing lives, challenging poverty
Christmas should be a time to celebrate with family. But for some single parents and their children Christmas can be the loneliest time of the year.
Help make sure every child has a magical Christmas.Donate to our Christmas Appeal
Support and advice for single parents
Our single parent topics and search offers face to face family support services, a wealth of advice and information on various topics, as well as a new mental health and wellbeing service.
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Coronavirus information for single parent families
A resource for single parent families during the coronavirus crisis.Learn more
Health and wellbeing
We offer a good health and wellbeing support service to single parents and their families.Learn more
The benefits system has undergone a major change recently. We can help you to understand what benefits you are entitled to.Learn more
We have a direct money and debt advice service and information and tips about managing money.Learn more
Support for you
Through our local teams in Dundee, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow and Lanarkshire we offer a range of face-to-face services for single parents using a family support model.Learn more
If you have recently separated from your partner and are now a single parent it’s important to know what your first steps might be.Learn more
Having a baby
When you are having a baby and are, or will be, a single parent you may have a lot of questions about where you stand with your income, benefits, employment and making arrangements with your child’s other parent.Learn more
Deciding where to live often depends on your income and the choices or options available. Our information includes advice about renting and owning a home.Learn more
We can help single parents on a range of topics regarding their children, including maintenance, children getting older, one to one support and more.Learn more
Mary's story, single mum to four children in Glasgow
Mary talks about her experience of the asylum system, the racism she and her children have faced, and getting support from OPFS.
"If somebody knocked your door you would be afraid the Home Office was coming to get you. When you go out, you will hear stories of people who are just taken, so it was very scary."
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We have experienced advisers available to answer questions that matter to you, on topics such as our services, money matters, your children, universal credit and much more. You can also browse the answers we gave to previous questions on our board.
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Be an Elf - OPFS Christmas Appeal 2020
Christmas should be a time to celebrate, enjoy our family and have fun together. But for some single parents and their children, Christmas can be the loneliest time of the year. Things are a bit different this year, so we’re asking you to donate money online to help buy toys and food for single parent families this Christmas.| Please donate