The Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline is there to help support and advise single parents on anything from dealing with a break-up or bereavement to going back to work, sorting child maintenance, benefit or tax credit issues. Calls are confidential and usually take around 20 minutes. They advise calling from a quiet place and having a pen and paper to hand if you wish to take notes.

They also offer an online forum and peer support groups for single parents to connect, chat and receive support from people with similar experiences.

The helpline is open to call:

  • Mondays 10am - 6pm
  • Tuesdays 10am - 4pm
  • Wednesdays 10am - 1pm and 5pm - 7pm
  • Thursdays 10am - 4pm
  • Fridays 10am - 4pm

It is free to call the helpline from landlines and mobiles in England and Wales.