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Welcome to the September edition of the One Family ezine. In this month's edition we look at housing and lone parents following the IHREC/ERSI Adequate Housing report, we have policy updates and look ahead to Budget 2022, we have a fantastic job opportunity, some excellent parenting courses and we look at one-parent families in the media. We hope you enjoy :)
Shocked but not surprised - The IHREC/ERSI Report on Adequate Housing 

This month the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission/ERSI report on Adequate Housing was released. The report made for grim reading and unfortunately, though shocked by the findings, we weren't surprised. The report found that less than 25 per cent of lone parents reported home-ownership, compared with 70 per cent of the total population. The report also found that lone parents had higher rates of affordability issues (19 per cent) when compared to the general population (5 per cent) and were particularly vulnerable to housing quality problems such as damp and lack of central heating (32 per cent compared to 22 per cent of total population).

Karen Kiernan, One Family CEO, said “Unfortunately we are not surprised by the findings of the report. It confirms a lot of what we hear from parents and children through our services. We are hearing reports daily of parents living in substandard accommodation, being blocked from work due to HAP restrictions and waiting months for emergency accommodation. We are calling on the Government to urgently develop a family homelessness strategy, which includes targeted measures for one-parent families. We were disappointed that no provision for such a strategy was made in the Government’s Housing For All Strategy; this was a missed opportunity. What this report makes clears is Government must act now to protect children in one-parent families. Yet again we are asking them to use the evidence in-front of them.

We agree with the UN Rapporteur Balakrishnan Rajagopal that the treatment of one-parent families in Ireland raises serious questions for the Irish Government and that they must act now. Thousands of children are spending their childhoods growing up in emergency accommodation – most of them living with one parent. If we don’t want this to be the Mother & Baby Home scandal of the future – we must prioritise those most in need for housing and the Government must act now as the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing has said.”

Read the report
We're hiring a social media content creator
With demand for our online courses and information services increasing, we are now recruiting for a Social Media Content Creator. If you want to use your design and social media skills helping to fight the fight for some of Ireland's most vulnerable families this could be the opportunity for you. For more details click here:
Social media content creator
Autumn Parenting Classes

One Family's Parenting Team have a selection of courses starting this week  places are limited so hurry!

Courses via Zoom:
Parenting Courses via Zoom start  this week. Courses are specially designed for people parenting alone, sharing parenting and separating. Groups meet weekly for 8 week via Zoom. Course details are below, for more information click on the box below or call 01-6629212.

  • Family Communications Parenting when Separated | Tuesday 28 September 2021: 10.30am
  • Family Communications Parenting when Separated | Tuesday 28 September 2021: 7pm
  • Positive Parenting: Join the Conversation on Toddlers | Wednesday 29 September 2021: 10.30am
  • Positive Parenting for Changing Families | Thursday 30 September 2021: 10.30am
  • Family Communications Parenting Teens | Thursday 30 September 2021: 7.00pm

One Family in association with the Parent Support Champions in Dublin South Central are offering a wide range of online workshops to parents this AutumnThe workshops are aimed at parents of young infants right through to teens. We will also be offering workshops for parents who are separated, supporting separating well for children. Workshops start this week and details can be found here
Autumn Parenting Courses

Budget 2022
On Tuesday 12 October, Minister of Finance Paschal Donohoe, will announce Budget 2022. This is a unique opportunity for Government to make clear strides towards eliminating child poverty. We are calling on Government to target supports at the most vulnerable families.

We know most children experiencing poverty live in lone parent households. We see this in our work with families and countless research studies in recent years have proven it. So, we know the scale of the problem, but the good news is we also know the solutions which, if put in place, could transform the lives of people in one-parent families and stem the tide of children falling into poverty.

One Family have put forward a targeted set of measures under five headings to support one-parent families and curb child poverty. The headings are:
- Supporting families
- Make work pay
- Housing and energy
- Educations supports
- Child poverty

To read our pre-budget submission click on the link below:

In other policy news: 

Human Rights and Equality Grant
One Family has been awarded a Human Rights and Equality Grant from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission for 2021/22.
We are delighted to receive this grant for our project entitled ‘Human Rights and One-Parent Families. Our research will examine the experiences of people parenting alone and sharing parenting when using or engaging with public services. We want to identify areas where one-parent families experience human rights infringements or inequalities, and offer support and solutions to these problems.
As part of the project we plan to develop and publish two guides focusing on the human rights of one-parent families; one for parents and another for those working with one-parent families in the public sector.
Parents have their say in the development of our next strategy
In September, we carried out a consultation with parents to gather their views on our upcoming strategy. Parents had the opportunity to take part in an online survey and focus groups to input into the development of One Family’s next three year strategic plan.
Some of the top policy issues for parents were family law, housing, child maintenance and childcare. Parents also said they were interested in opportunities to share their experiences and hear more stories from other parents. Feedback from the survey and focus groups will inform the development of our strategy in the coming months. Thank you to everyone who took part.
Read our Pre-Budget Submission
Helpline number change

From Sunday the 31 October, the askonefamily helpline's 1890 lo-call number will change to 0818 66 22 12. The change comes as 1890, 1850 and 076 numbers are withdrawn by the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg).   While calls to 0818 are not free, they are included in customer call bundles that include calls to landlines or, out of bundle, charged at the Standard Rate, which is no more than the cost of calling a landline.

For more information from Com Reg on the switch click on the link below.
Com Reg
In the media:
This month One Family and other NGOs were active in the media highlighting issues relevant to one-parent families. To read some of the coverage click on the articles below:
Thank you


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