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Shared Parenting Survey

Ireland’s first National Shared Parenting Survey is now live. We need as many people as possible to take part so that finally the realities for thousands of families can be recognised. Please follow the link below to complete the short survey.

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Options Enrolment Open

Enrolment is now open for our free Options part-time courses, specifically designed for those parenting alone or sharing parenting, in Communications, IT Skills, and Nursing Theory & Practice.


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Budget 2017

One Family’ Pre-Budget Submission for Budget 2017 is titled End Child Poverty, Make Work Pay. Government must invest in services and set targeted income supports for one-parent families.

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askonefamily is One Family’s helpline offering information and listening support for men and women parenting alone, sharing parenting or separating. It is also available to extended family, friends or professionals. Call askonefamily on 1890 66 22 12 or 01 662 9212, from Monday to Friday between 10am – 2pm.


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Watch our new video to hear ten years old Dani talk about the work we did in 2015 and the situations for one-parent families in Ireland today, and also our plans for the years ahead.

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Parenting | How to Deal with Leaving Cert Results Disappointment

Parenting | How to Deal with Leaving Cert Results Disappointment

Leaving cert results are out on 17 August and parents and teens anxiously await to see what life holds as a result. There are so many expectations around the Leaving Certificate and CAO choices that, as a result, there is great potential for disappointment. What if your teen misses out on their top choice; what if they are disappointed with their grade in a particular subject; what if they don't get the points they feel they deserved; what if they didn't do as well as their friends; what if they can see no options for themselves? How can you support your[...]
Training | Enrolment Now Open for Options Courses

Training | Enrolment Now Open for Options Courses

We are happy to announce that enrolment is now open for the Options part-time programmes run by One Family in co-operation with Ballsbridge College of Further Education. Options programmes are free of charge and specifically designed for those parenting alone or sharing parenting. If you are looking to get back into the workplace and/or further education after a gap, or for the first time, Options are for you. Three Options programmes are enrolling now in Communications, IT Skills, and Nursing Theory & Practice. Dates: Starts Wednesday, 21 September 2016 and runs until May 2017. Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 1pm. Location: Dublin 2 Awards: Communications (Minor Award - Level 5) IT Skills (Minor Award - Level 4) Nursing Theory[...]
Parenting | Keeping brains active over summer

Parenting | Keeping brains active over summer

Most parents work really hard all through the school year, keeping track of what children are learning and ensuring homework gets done. But keeping your child’s brain engaged over the summer can be challenging. If you don’t keep them engaged it could take four to six weeks for them to become fully alert when they return to school in September. The question is, how you do keep them engaged without becoming their summer teacher? Here are tips to keep your child's brain active all summer: Most libraries hold reading challenges over the summer. Encouraging your child to join the reading challenge can[...]
Parenting | How to make day trips run smoothly

Parenting | How to make day trips run smoothly

How many times have you taken your children on a day trip and five minutes after you arrive, or five minutes into the car trip, you feel like saying, "That’s it! We are going home." We put time, energy and costs into organising days out, yet it can sometimes seems that your children just don’t care. The stress of organising the event can leave you exhausted and with little energy to deal with what might be normal everyday behaviours. It becomes something bigger and you may be inclined to overreact. Coupled with this, children can be more excitable on days out. The[...]
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Press Release | Budget 2017 Must Make Work Pay for One-Parent Families

Press Release Budget 2017 Must Make Work Pay for One-Parent Families   Ending Child Poverty in Ireland can only be achieved by improving access to employment and making work pay.  (Dublin, Friday 8th July 2016) One Family – Ireland’s organisation for people parenting alone, sharing parenting, and separating – calls on the Government to start the process of lifting 97,000 children out of consistent poverty by supporting parents in one-parent families access employment and develop supports to ensure they can stay in the workforce.  Both the Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar, and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, have[...]

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