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Single Parents Alone Together (SPAT) Manchester

An informal friendship and support group for local lone parent families - we are a voluntary community group and can apply for funding but we don't have capacity at moment for this so have maintained our facebook page only - we used meet once every 4 weeks at Cheeky Cherubs play area with funding for up to 15 children whilst parents meet chat and have themed sessions - we also have other informal meets mainly arranged through our facebook group. we may look at this again in the future or other ideas members on fb have and/or if people join committee then we may have capacity for funded activities and events again.

We share experiences, coping strategies and aim to combat social isolation and enhance quality of life/maintain emotional health and well being by offering each other peer support and enjoy fun low cost family activities for our families - anyone in the group is at liberty to arrange a meet up in addition to our scheduled meets. We hope to evolve and expand as need and interest dictates - we have taken part in all kinds of trips and activities and anyone volunteering within the group has access to training and volunteering opportunities which can assist with obtaining paid employment.

A very small committee we are always open to more hands on deck to help with the varied interesting and amazing persuits and goals of our amazing lone parents doing the most difficult job in the world single handedly in a lot of cases. Self referrals accepted - don't be shy get involved and approach the chair who will welcome you to one of our meetings and/or in our social media space......we have sought to be inclusive in our ventures and participate and have a voice in decision making that affects us as well as support individuals to access other support services where needed and to provide valuable information to empower members. Just by taking part and forming friendships with one another hopefully we make a difference to people's lives.

We have been to beaches, zoos, museums, climbing centres and arranged a couple of camping trips in the 20 months we have been running, initially as a Gingerbread Friendship Group for one year and more recently as 'SPAT' since April 2015. We have contributed towards local and national campaigning for equal rights and opportunities and partcipated in radio and TV media to raise awareness of single parent issues. We have arranged talks on specific issues e.g. about drugs impacting on young people. We have some good links with local services who have supported us in setting up (e.g. home start) as well as with working in partnership with Thrive who support voluntary organisations. Committee members have a background in social and health care and are committed to principles of empowerment.

Who to contact

07834 641225

Where to go

Name of Venue
Various venues - please contact for more information
Venue Notes

events are created and managed on facebook closed group - members are encouraged to network using this facility and create their own events too

When is it on?

Days & Times
Any time on line, any time for meet ups

Who is it for?

From 0 to 16 years plus
Supporting People With
Learning disability
Mental health
Physical impairment
Hearing impairment
Visual impairment

How to use this service

Referral Required?
Referral Details

This is open to all single parents and families just ask to join on fb - we include people in the group for bring a friend meets and friends who support us as lone parents so we have their input too and hopefully it raises awareness for people who are not lone parents and in turn makes us less exclusive or socially isolated and includes others who may be about to be a lone parent or the idea of step families and complex family set ups....we also aim to informally meet as a group of exclusively single parents for mutual support and company on day trips and activities for adults and kids alike

Cost Information
Free - although if drinks required please bring nominal donation towards tea/coffee.

How accessible is this service?

Further Details

We have limited resources to promote accessibility where there may be resource implications so please bear this in mind when attending as it is a very informal group

Last updated date:
07 September 2020

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