Care for the Family


We run subsidised activity weeks, especially for single parents and their children. These provide much-needed respite for families under pressure. Many single parents cannot afford such a break – three million children are now growing up in single parent families and 62% live on or below the poverty line.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 AM, 7 December 2009 to 11:59 PM, 11 December 2009

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther



The activities help the children to spend unique quality time with Mum or Dad, bringing parents and children closer together and creating a stronger family unit. They give them a sense of achievement, building their confidence and self-esteem, leading to better outcomes for the children. They also have great fun! We received many moving letters from people who were able to attend Take a Break last summer, including: “Last week made me feel more confident that I can make friends. I know it did wonders for my son achieving success in the activities he tried and making friends.” Her son aged 12 had previously attempted suicide. Another parent wrote “It was lovely to be out in the open air doing ‘healthy’ things after being stuck in the city. It was good for my son to have healthy meals, because for the last few weeks I have not been able to afford to feed him very well.” Your donation will help to support single parent families through these breaks, as well as through the counselling referrals, regular newsletters, pen-pal scheme and parenting support materials that we provide. Each year we need to raise £105,000 to make this possible.