New single-parent organisation aims to alter stereotype

A new organisation to assist lone parents back into work will be launched next month.

'Healing and Empowering Lone Parents' will be known as 'Help'. Triumph Ayo-Isegun, its founder director, said Help would not duplicate the work of other single-parent charities such as Gingerbread and One Parent Families.

It has a 100-strong network of businesses available to offer advice, which the others don't, she said.

"I am a member of those two charities and neither has anything like that. I am also trying to change the stereotype of lone parents and to present achieving ones as role models."

Ayo-Ishegun also aims to fight the taboo surrounding divorce, and claims to have the support of many London churches. Help will also provide a lone-parent helpline, in common with Gingerbread and One Parent Families.

Debbie Bruce, Gingerbread's policy and press assistant, said: "We get a lot of calls that we can't always deal with, so another helpline will be good for lone parents."

Help is in the process of applying for charitable status.

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