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.
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.
The Family Zone works with families who have a young person attending Lochgelly HS, offering a safe space for families to take part in bespoke activities. Support Worker will work with families in their homes to identify barriers and provide support. Our Family Learning Coordinator will deliver a range of fun, engaging and interactive family sessions.
Dad & Me is for Dads, Grandads, or male carers in the Levenmouth area who have a child aged between 0 and 8 years old. There are weekly playgroups that bring people together to have fun and meet other people.
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.
Family Approach engages the whole family, offering holistic support to overcome a range of issues such as poverty, housing, health, lifestyles and routines. This includes both in and out of school, before and after the school day, and at the weekends and in holidays; all in reponse to the needs of each individual family. Referrals can only be made by schools who currently support this initiative.