A new service for lone parents has been launched in Mossend.
Action: Lone Parents is a partnership-led project which aims to support unemployed lone parents and is co-ordinated by Routes to Work, involving One Parent Families Scotland, Circle, Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire and GEMAP.
The project is funded through Big Lottery’s Making it Work fund and North Lanarkshire’s Working and aims to provide unemployed lone parents with access to personal development, financial support and training.
Action: Lone Parents held a launch event in the Holy Family Parish Centre attended by hundreds of people.
Project staff and community organisations were on hand to give out advice.
Also on hand were The High Five for Fruit Project, Magic Den, Animal Man’s Mini Zoo, and the National Trust.
In addition there was face painting and a Hallowe’en corner with cake decorating and colouring sessions.
Routes To Work chairman Councillor Harry Curran hopes the project will prove beneficial to lone parents.
He said: “Single parents face many challenges two-parent families wouldn’t even consider.
“Trying to bring up youngsters alone is difficult enough without facing money and employment worries.
“On the one hand, the event was about giving kids a bit of fun and entertainment. On the other, it was about making it as easy as possible for lone parent mums and dads to make contact with the project and get the advice and support they need.”
Mossend and Holytown councillor Frank McNally added: “Action: Lone Parents is a terrific project that aims to provide much needed advice and support to single parent families in Mossend.
“Single parents face incredible challenges and are often victims of loneliness and isolation, especially if they do not have a wider family network nearby.
“By offering help with personal development, giving financial support and providing education and training opportunities, this project will offer a tremendous amount of support to single parents, and ultimately help break down some of the barriers they face on a daily basis.
“I was delighted at the turn out at the launch of the project and hope that lone parents will make use of the services it offers.”
Lone parents can access project workers in the EU Congregational Church every Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30am – 2.30pm or can call 0800 027 1476 for more information.