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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. Our support can help you decide what direction you want your future to take and feel confident in making those next steps. Information and help with things like childcare, benefits, and job seeking can make those barriers less scary and keep you in control of your future. We can also help you learn digital skills and get the equipment you need to get connected at home.

Group support
We regularly run our successful Preparing for the Future course (PFF) in different Edinburgh locations. For one day per week (over six weeks), PFF brings together single parents with similar challenges to learn from the facilitator and each other about how to create the best chances to get the job or course you want. You will leave with an Action Plan, C.V. and lots of confidence to take into your job seeking. We will keep in contact with you and make sure that you don’t need any more help as you go along.

All courses are run in term time, during the school day. For those that need it, we provide childcare, share a nice lunch and often help with transportation costs.

One-to-one support
We also offer one-one support to help you find the future direction that’s right for you and your family and give you information and tools to sort out things like childcare and benefit issues. We can also help you through our Laptop Library and getting better connected to the internet from home.

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

We are really excited to continue with Saturday activities for single parents and their children.

Each week we will be heading off to do fun things, meeting other families and learning about different affordable activities and resources to do with children in Edinburgh. We expect this to be popular and want to accommodate as many families as possible so will be rotating who takes part each week. Our funding also means that one Saturday per month will be for mums/kids only and one Saturday per month for dads/kids. The other two weeks of each month will be mixed.

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

For more info contact Tom 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.

Health and wellbeing

 

Mental Health and Wellbeing Groups

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.

Laughing and support guaranteed! Creche and bus tickets provided. Delivered in collaboration with the Edinburgh Food Project.

Info – Group continues until 8th December, 10am – 11:30am, Central Hall (Tollcross)

Interested? – Contact Stacey on 07570 106 789.

Walkie Talkies Group

Are you keen to feel better in body and mind and make connections with other single parents?

The Walkie Talkies is the walking and fitness group for you! We will be starting with gentle walks in all areas of the city, before eventually moving indoors to try different activities and continue getting fitter. Bus fares provided. Please speak to us if childcare is a problem. Delivered in collaboration with the Edinburgh Food Project.

Info – Group continues until 9th December, 11am – 1pm, Various locations

Interested? – Contact Tom or call / text him on 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.

If you would like to find out more, contact brock.lueck@opfs.org.uk or call 0131 556 3899.

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.