US organisation for single parents set to open UK offices

A US charity for children of single parents, whose patrons include president George W. Bush, is preparing to launch in the UK.

Big Brothers and Sisters, a multi-million dollar charitable concern, pairs up young people from lone parent families with adult volunteer mentors.

The charity plans to set up 60 projects around the country within three years.

Initiatives have already been established in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and next month the organisation will promote its UK launch through a TV and print media campaign.

The charity is addressing a growing need and not stigmatising single parents, said UK chief executive Beverly Cohen. "I'm a single parent. There are three million single-parent families in the UK, she said.

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