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It is distressing this month to be writing that, again, the volume of calls to our askonefamily helpline has risen by over 50%. These calls are driven by the fear, uncertainty and stress being experienced by people parenting alone who are in receipt of the One-Parent Family Payment (OFP) because of the current reform of the Payment following years of cuts. We hear from parents who themselves do not eat dinner every day so their children can eat well. We hear from parents who are about to be made homeless with their children - half to two-thirds of the families in emergency accommodation at any time are one-parent families. We hear from parents who are working part-time but who will now be forced to give up their part-time jobs. 

The real results of this reform - which is currently impacting on 55,000 parents in receipt of the OFP who have or are about to be moved to different payments - 
combined with the cuts and lack of supports such as accessible childcare/out of school care yet in place, are less lone parents working and more poverty for vulnerable families who already experience the highest deprivation rate at over 63% (SILC 2013). The reality is that more lone parents and their children will be plunged into greater poverty. The parents who contact One Family want to work and they want to return to education. They want to create brighter futures for their children. They cannot comprehend how a system of reform purported to enable one-parent families in receipt of the OFP to rise out of poverty through work and education is so adversely affecting those parents who are already in the process of making this happen for their families. 

Scroll down to read our analysis of why the current reform process is failing and what solutions are needed; to view photos from our annual Family Day Festival; to take part in our monthly survey; and find out about upcoming training programmes.

Reform of OFP 

We called on Government to stop the current reform of the One-Parent Family Payment which is being phased in combined with a series of disastrous cuts and few of the supports required. The reform is failing. Here we analyse why, summarise the cuts that have hit OFP recipients, and put forward solutions.
We also asked parents to tell us of their experiences in local Social Welfare/INTREO offices in relation to being moved off the payment. Read what they told us in their own words.

 

Family Day Festival

On Sunday 17 May we held our fifth annual free Family Day Festival in the new location of Wolfe Tone Square, Dublin 1. We enjoyed another fun-filled celebration of family diversity in Ireland, inspired by the United Nations International Day of the Family. Great fun was had by all ages! Thank you to our volunteers, participating organisations and supporters. Enjoy these fun photos from the day. If you were there, please take this short survey to help us make it even better next year (and for a chance to win a prize!).

Survey

Every month we invite people who parent on their own or share parenting to take our short, anonymous survey. Last month we asked you what you think childcare services in Ireland should look like. Read what you told us here.
This month we ask you to share your experience of applying for the new Back to Work Family Dividend (BTWFD). Take the survey here.

Training

Our Positive Parenting for Changing Families course for professionals arrives in Cork from 15-17 June and Dublin from 22-24 June. This acclaimed programme is ideal for family support workers, social workers, youth workers; therapists; and others who work with children and families. Places are now available: book here or call Paula on 01 662 9212 to find out more.

Social

Every Summer we host a series of reduced cost outings for families. This year, we will be visiting Clonfert Pet Farm, Donadea Forest, Glendalough National Park, Dublin Zoo, Tayto Park and Malahide Castle in July and August. These are lovely days out and a chance for parents to socialise with other parents in similiar circumstances. Email info@onefamily.ie to register your interest.
If you missed the award-winning Today FM documentary Cherish All The Children about our establishment in 1972 and our ongoing evolution, featuring interviews with our brave founders, our first President Mary Robinson and many more, you can listen here.
Read this month's press releases issued by One Family.
One Family believes in an Ireland where every family is cherished equally, and enjoys the social, financial and legal equality to create their own positive future.
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