Our Edinburgh service

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2 York Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EP

0131 556 3899

info@opfs.org.uk

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Service manager

Brock Lueck

Edinburgh Services Manager

Edinburgh services

View our range of support services for single parents below.

Help to work or study

Overcoming barriers and getting digitally connected
We know there are lots of things that can make working or studying as a single parent difficult. We occasionally have digital devices, data and support to ensure you are not excluded from all the resources and ways to save money online. Please get in touch for more information.

Parenting and family support

Groups and activities
We know how easy it is to get isolated. Simply connecting with other single parents and making new friends can make a big difference to how you feel about yourself, how you parent and how you go forward to reach your goals.

Activities for you and your children

Our Saturdays activities are really popular and a great way to meet other single parents and children. Each week we will be heading off to do fun things and learning about different affordable activities and resources to do with children in Edinburgh.

Info – Ongoing, various locations, approximately 10am – 2pm.

Sign up for our monthly mailing list to get a heads up on what’s happening or for more info contact Tom at tom.carroll@opfs.org.uk below or call or text 07814 078 139.

Dads’ Clubs & Mums’ Club
We know that it’s not always easy to join a group of strangers for all kinds of reasons. As well as our Saturday activities we have for any single parent and their child, we have one Saturday per month dedicated to just dads and kids, as well as one day per month dedicated to just Mums and children.

Growing Not Waiting Project
Are you living in temporary accommodation with a child under 5 yrs? Edinburgh’s housing crisis hits single parents hard, particularly if you have left an abusive relationship and are now waiting to be housed in a permanent home. We understand the issues that can come up for you and how hard it can be for your wee one to have a normal childhood in those circumstances. We hold a ‘stay and play’ session every Tuesday for mums in homeless accommodation as well as being able to offer 1:1 support. We work closely with other agencies who specialise in housing and related issues and can help you feel more settled and confident about the future.
If you would like to find out more, contact Jenifer at jenifer.hamilton@opfs.org.uk or call/text 07909112036

Health and wellbeing

Mental Health and Wellbeing Groups

Laughing and support guaranteed!

Each week we look at a different topic which can impact on our mental health and wellbeing and discuss coping strategies. Topics include sleep, self esteem, resilience and self-care.

We also offer taster sessions in things like meditation, massage, and different forms of exercise to see what can help you feel the most resilient.

Interested? – For more info contact Tom at tom.carroll@opfs.org.uk below or call or text 07814 078 139.

Counselling
Our Edinburgh project offers free counselling for single parents who feel this kind of one-to-one therapy would help. Counselling can provide a safe and nurturing space to understand yourself better and work through issues and make changes that promote your wellbeing. The sessions are weekly and while time limited, usually run for up to 12-16 sessions. We can accommodate you through video calls or face to face in our York Place office.

If you would like to find out more, contact Jenifer at jenifer.hamilton@opfs.org.uk or call/text 07909112036

Crisis support

We know that for many single parents trying to make ends meet in difficult circumstances, things can happen that you don’t expect. Particularly when these involve expenses you didn’t plan on, it can make things feel out of control. We can support you to step back and figure out what is going to help. If it’s about money or food, we occasionally have the funding to help directly. But if not, we can support you to apply to other organisations offering grants efficiently.

Get in touch by email at info@opfs.org.uk or by calling 0131 556 3899