How will welfare reform impact on our lone parents?

Gingerbread NI, who support one parent families, will hold two local information sessions on welfare reform in the city this week.

The first information centre will take place at the Old Library Trust, Central Drive, Creggan, tomorrow, March 28 from 10am-12pm, with the second one taking place at Clooney Hall in Derry’s Waterside on Thursday, March 29, from 10am-1pm.

During the information sessions, Gingerbread’s Director, Marie Cavanagh, will be explaining to lone parents and local organisations what the likely impact of the welfare reforms will be on one parent families in the North West. With over 17,000 one parent families living in the Derry City area, these sessions may prove invaluable.

Both informal sessions will be followed by a light lunch and will also provide an opportunity to find out about Gingerbread’s services.

Lone parents will talk about how they have now found work with M&S through the innovative Marks and Start employability training and work experience initiative.

Gingerbread will also be launching ‘Restart’, a brand new return to work course designed with lone parents in mind, which will begin on April 16, run in conjunction with DEL’s Steps to Work programme.

If you would like to register for the information sessions or find out more about any of Gingerbread’s services, please contact Catherine on 02871 377066 or email: