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A month of news from One Family.
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Summer continues, and while we all hope for more sunshine, the real impacts of the current process of reform of the One-Parent Family Payment (OFP) become more evident, casting a shadow for the families who are now experiencing more poverty and more hardship. This process is impacting severely on many working lone parents such as Theresa, Emer and Sharon. They are all doing what Government said would increase the income and improve the circumstances of people parenting alone and their children, by working part-time over 19 hours per week while in receipt of Family Income Support (FIS), yet they have each lost up to €115 per week. You can read more about their experiences below and find out facts about this reform.

Our Budget 2016 Submission, crafted with input from the parents on our Policy Panel, focuses on the OFP reform and childcare. It highlights the growing rates of child poverty in Ireland, specifically in relation to the families we work with as children in one-parent families are more than twice as likely to live in poverty. You can find out more below.

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation has been established and would like to hear from anyone who was resident in, worked in or had connections with a Mother and Baby Home in the State between 1922 and 1998. The Commission can be contacted at Freephone 1800 806 688; by email here; or by post to PO Box 12626, Dublin 2. Further information is available here.

Scroll down to also take part in our monthly survey; find out about upcoming training programmes, sign up to our Summer Social Group and more. 

OFP Reform

Much has been written and said about both the problems and benefits for one-parent families on social welfare that have been put through the One-Parent Family Payment (OFP) reform process. Much of this is inaccurate or uses atypical examples that do not reflect the lived reality for one-parent families in Ireland today. Calls to our askonefamily helpline continue to increase. Parents are telling us about their real-life experiences of being transitioned from the OFP. Click here for facts about this process and the experiences of parents.

Budget 2016

There are 130,000 children living in poverty in Ireland. The Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) 2013 published in January 2015 clearly shows that those living in households with one adult and one or more children had the highest deprivation rate at 63.2% and the highest consistent poverty rate at 23%. The current process of OFP reform is creating more poverty for many. It is failing our families. Our Budget Submission includes a demand for a coherent package of supports for parents being transitioned.

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 your experiences were of the Back To Work Family Dividend. You can read the results of previous surveys here.

Our current survey is all about Summer. How do you cope with the extra financial pressures of the holidays? Are there low cost projects in your area? Let us know here.
 

Learning

We offer learning opportunities for parents and for professionals, utilising our 40+ years of expertise. Positive Parenting, Family Communications or Shared Parenting courses can be booked here. Those returning to education or employment can enrol now for our Autumn courses, while our acclaimed programmes for professionals working with parents and children are facilitated nationwide. Information on our Professional Development courses can be found here.

Social

The One Family Social Group summer outings are filling up fast. These are lovely days out, which include a bus from Cherish House, and a great chance for parents to socialise with other parents in similar circumstances. So far we've enjoyed visits to Clonfert Pet Farm, Glendalough National Park and Dublin Zoo. Next up are Tayto Park and Malahide Castle. Click here for more details, or call us on 01 662 9212 to book your place. All one-parent families are welcome. 
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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