Help for one parent families
Work Focused Services
What is it?
If you are bringing up a child alone and get income support, you could join a programme called Work Focused Services for Lone Parents. This programme gives a range of help to lone parents who want to work, including help with childcare costs.
Work Focused Services for Lone Parents can help you with the cost of Ofsted registered childcare while you go to:
training courses up to a year long that are approved by your advisor
A range of support is provided as well as financial assistance including how to apply for help with childcare costs.
How to apply?
Contact your local Jobcentre Plus to arrange an interview or visit your local children's centre for details of Family Advisors.
Further details also available from the Benefit Enquiry Helpline 0800 882200.
In Work Credit
Lone parents are able to access in work benefits, which provides them with up to an extra £60 per week, tax free, if returning to employment.
For information, contact your local Job Centre Plus or telephone 0800 868 868. Further details In Work Credit
General support and information
Sure Start Children's Centres in Hampshire
Telephone: 0845 603 5620
Gingerbread/One Parent Families
General telephone: 020 7428 5400 (Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm)
Lone Parent Helpline: 0800 018 5026 (Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm; free from landlines, mobile rates vary)
Website: One Parent Families|Gingerbread
Single Parents UK
Telephone 0808 800 2222
Please note: Hampshire County Council does not recommend or endorse any particular service.