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“Gingerbread is a registered charity supporting one-parent families in England and Wales by providing advice, online information, support groups and training. The National Council for the Unmarried Mother and her Child, founded in 1918, changed its name to the National Council for One Parent Families in the early 1970s and in 2007 merged with Gingerbread, a self-help organisation founded in 1970. After briefly being known as “One Parent Families|Gingerbread”, it relaunched as Gingerbread in January 2009.
In addition to these direct services, the charity works to improve the livelihood of single parents through advocacy and policy work, particularly relating to the charity’s core areas of employment and skills, families and relationships, living standards and poverty, and welfare.
J. K. Rowling, formerly a single parent herself, is the charity’s President.”
“Isolation – and feeling different or alone – has long been an issue for many single parent families. In 1970, Tessa Fothergill, a single mother living in London, decided to start a support group for other parents like her to help combat some of the loneliness she felt. The Sunday Times wrote a feature about Tessa’s group, prompting hundreds of single parents from all over the country to get in touch. From this, a new charity providing support groups was born. It was called Gingerbread – named after the café where the first support group met…
(“I was going down the Bayswater Road and I saw a cafe called ‘Golden Age Gingerbread.’ I really liked the name. I went home and started to think that there must be a lot of people like myself, alone with children, having a desperate time.“)
…Meanwhile, in response to the increasing diversity of family life in the UK, and the wide range of reasons why mums and dads found themselves single parents, the National Council for the Unmarried Mother and her Child changed its name to the National Council for One Parent Families.”