If you’re a single parent and living in Lancashire, you may be finding it difficult to find support groups that you can turn to, whether you’re looking for help and advice on being a new parent, or whether you’re just looking to meet and chat to some like-minded people in your area.
The same goes for families and new parents, who may be struggling with their new world of looking after their child, but don’t know where to go or who to ask for help.
LancsLive has compiled a list of support groups and online services that can be accessed by single parents and families living in Lancashire who are looking for advice, guidance or simply someone to talk to.
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Gingerbread – Fleetwood and Lancaster
Gingerbread groups are found across England and Wales, giving the opportunity for single parent families to get together, meet new people and share their experiences.
They are run by single parent and practitioner volunteers that offer a space for single parents to ‘support each other and share the highs and lows of parenting, or just have a cuppa and a chat’.
There are many benefits of joining a Gingerbread group, including finding friends in your local area, connecting with other single parent families, giving and receiving support and helping to reduce the isolation and loneliness which can be experienced by single parent families.
To join, visit the Gingerbread website and contact your nearest group from the information provided. Currently, there are two Gingerbread groups in Lancashire:
This group is run by single parent volunteer Mandy, who can be contacted by visiting their page here.
This group is run by two single parent volunteers, Amy and Aurora, who can be contacted by visiting their page here.
Talking Tables – Chorley
Talking Tables is a Lancashire charity and friendship hub scheme, that aims to encourage conversation through regular meet ups with like-minded people that want to branch out and meet new people.
It launched in July 2021 in Chorley and has since branched out with meetings organised in Leyland, Penwortham and soon, the East Lancashire area.
Starting on Wednesday 23 February, Talking Tables will be unveiling a new event for mums at home and mums with little children or a child for them to be able to talk to like-minded mums who may need support, advice or simply a chat with someone going through a similar experience. The weekly session will be taking place at Cafe Majestic in Chorley at 10:30-11:30am with anyone welcome.
Marjorie Hayward is the founder of Talking Tables, she said: “Last week we had and a meeting to discuss the direction …….