Single Parent Families Appeal: Coronavirus Response

Last updated: 12/06/2020

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Life in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, social distancing and isolation is challenging for all of us, but for some families these new pressures are even more overwhelming. Single parents and their children make up one in four families in Scotland, and they are some of the hardest hit during these unusual times.  

Read about our new #Take5Give5 for Single Parent Families campaign for more ideas on how to get involved in fundraising for our appeal, inspired by the ‘five ways to wellbeing’.

“The lockdown has affected my children really badly. It’s not easy for me to go to the shops as I have a five-year-old and a baby. I really appreciate the support from Elaine at One Parent Families Scotland. Just to hear a friendly adult voice and to get help with food parcels three times a week has been a lifesaver.”

- Jane, single parent in Shettleston

How your donation will help 

Practical, financial and emotional support for single parents and their children is more urgent than ever before. With your help, we can make sure that families are not alone and that parents can support their children to thrive during this difficult time.  

Your donations will allow us to: 

Buy essentials such as food, nappies and toys for families in crisis.


Help families access the equipment and internet connection they need for their children to participate in online learning opportunities. 

Provide emergency energy grants to families in crisis.


Coordinate volunteers in communities across Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk and North Lanarkshire to deliver groceries and other essential items to single parent families who cannot shop for themselves. 


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“I’ve worked since I was 18 but have lost my job and my three kids are stuck with me at home. I can’t believe how hard it is to get help. To claim Universal Credit is really difficult and they can’t say when I’ll even get a payment. It’s really desperate and how I’ll cope I really don’t know… ”

- Marie, single parent in Ayrshire

Other ways of giving

Read about our new #Take5Give5 for Single Parent Families campaign for more ideas on how to get involved in fundraising for our appeal, inspired by the ‘five ways to wellbeing’.

As well as making a one-off donation to our appeal, you can still access our regular giving page here to set up a monthly donation to help single parents and their children year-round.

If you’d like to get in touch about making a donation offline, please contact 

Single parents and children need your support

Many single parents are struggling to cope on their own with school closures, changes in working arrangements, loss of income, and simply getting to the shops to get food when there’s nobody to stay at home with the children. Single parents who relied on the support of extended family and friends suddenly find themselves in total isolation, all while trying to deal with a strange and frightening situation. 

  • Children in single parent households are already twice as likely to be living in poverty.   
  • Around 70% of single parents are in low-paid jobs, many of which are now classed as key workers and are less likely to be able to be carried out as normal from home.  
  • Single parent households have the lowest overall wealth of any household type in Scotland and are the most likely to be in debt.
  • 73% of single parents are also classed as “financially vulnerable” (the highest of any household type), which means they do not have enough savings to be able to cover essential living costs for three months. 

All of this means that many single parents are in a position of facing a loss of income and worrying more than ever about how to cover costs for their children.  

Your donations can provide much needed extra help directly to families in crisis over the coming weeks and months. Even a small donation can make a big difference to the children and families who need your support.


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“My granddaughter has come to live with me as her mum has had a breakdown, but I’ve no bed, no clothes for her, running out of money for food and fuel. I really don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t called One Parent Families Scotland. Even now I don’t know what the future holds."

- Grandmother, now single parent kinship carer in Lanarkshire

Support One Parent Families Scotland

The coming years will be challenging. We are facing reductions in public spending at a time when more and more single parents are pushed into poverty. We need your help along with the support of our partners and funders to carry on our vital work.

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