How We Support

Fife Gingerbread have several partnership projects allowing us to support lone parent, vulnerable and disadvantaged families across Fife. Below is a brief summary of each, please click on the links for more information.

The Gateway is an early intervention partnership project funded by Big Lottery Fund, which provides family mentoring and family learning opportunities to families in Levenmouth with children between P5 and S2. Operating in all primary schools in Levenmouth and Levenmouth Acedemy, The Gateway works closely with the family as a whole; supporting both parents and children in order to ensure that the needs of each family are both fully established, and fully supported.

Making it Work for Lone Parents is an employability partnership project funded by European Social Fund, which focusses on helping lone parents into work. Partners from Fife Gingerbread and Citizens Advice and Rights Fife have come together to design and deliver a holistic model of support to help those at all stages of the employability pathway.

Making it Work for Families is a partnership project between Fife Gingerbread, Citizens Advice & Rights Fife, Supported Employment Services and Clued Up. The project will support families who are out of work with a young person (aged 14-19) in the household “at risk” of not achieving a positive destination by working with every member of the family to overcome barriers, and progress towards employment.

Fife Teen Parent Project provides vital support to teenage parents and pregnant teens no matter their circumstance. Funded by Big Lottery Fund and Fife Council, teen parents are given the tools they require to effectively nurture and interact with their child, giving both the best chance of an improved future. Group work is central to the project, allowing teen parents to meet others in the same position as them, and overcome the stigma that many young parents face.

Volunteering is fundamental to Fife Gingerbread; each project has a core of volunteers who work closely with support workers. Volunteers also provide buddy support to parents all over Fife who face isolation and other issues. Many of our volunteers have received support from Fife Gingerbread in the past, meaning they are knowledgeable and have positive experiences of the organisation.

Lone Parent Helpline gives over the phone advice to lone parents all over Fife. This provision allows Fife Gingerbread to continue delivering general support to lone parents, something it has done for over 25 years.