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A month of news from One Family.
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Cherish House is filled with activity and children's laughter, as our One Family programmes for parents are back up and running through the Autumn.

But it has been a disappointing month with another Budget that failed overall to deliver for one-parent families, despite a welcome change introduced to Income Disregard eligibility for working parents. Read our reaction below and learn about the development of our new Manifesto for Change, which addresses the flaws at the heart of the current reform of the social welfare system by proposing a new system with dignity and security as its cornerstones.

We are also developing our new Strategic Plan and are inviting families and service providers to contribute to it by taking a short, anonymous survey. Everything you tell us will be considered as we craft this essential and important plan for the next three years and we very much value your input as a stakeholder.

At this time of year, we launch our annual Toy Appeal. Could you support it and make a real difference for low-income families this Christmas? 

Read on for more.

Manifesto for Change

The Budget brought little positive change for those one-parents families who are struggling after bearing the brunt of years of cuts and a system of reform that is creating greater poverty for thousands. As an election looms for Spring 2016 we need to begin to raising public awareness on the issue of poverty and its effects on health.

Our social welfare system is undergoing fundamental change. Reforms affecting many working lone parents are plunging many into even deeper poverty and reinforcing inequality. Restructuring is creating a system which is leaving more parents without constructive supports, whilst those who may qualify must engage with a system which lacks compassion and fails to treat them with dignity and respect.

This is what we must see at the centre of social welfare reform.

Strategic Planning

Every three years, One Family sets out its goals and objectives for the short-term future in a strategic plan. Our current strategy runs until the end of this year. You can read or download it here: One Family Strategy 2013-2015. Now we ask you to contribute to our new Strategy which is currently being developed. We would love to hear from you if you live in a one-parent family or if you are part of an organisation that provides services to one-parent families. Please click on the link below to take the survey that applies to you:
The survey is completely anonymous and should take no longer than ten minutes to complete. Each response will be read and considered carefully as we plan for the future. Thank you in advance for your contribution.

Survey

We regularly invite people who parent on their own or share parenting to take our short, anonymous, 3-question surveys on issues that affect their families. You can read the results of previous surveys here. Our current survey is about shared parenting. Do you have a shared parenting arrangement with the other parent of your child? Tell us about how it works for your family.

Toy Appeal

Make a real difference in the life of a child by organising a collection of toys donated by your colleagues at work in the lead up to Christmas. Each child at our annual Winter party receives a gift. Toys are also under the tree on Christmas morning. It's a big help for Santa and for worried parents who are surviving on budgets that don't allow for presents. Contact Geraldine for details.

Parenting

Do you know about our Facebook parenting group? Everyone is welcome to join it and to post questions during our weekly live Q&As with Geraldine, our Director of Children's and Parenting Services, on a broad range of parenting topics.

This week in our parenting tips series, we look at ways to have a fun and safe Halloween.
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.
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