Appeal for ‘cosy clothes’ for single-parent families in Dundee

Appeal for ‘cosy clothes’ for single-parent families in Dundee

OPFS Family Support Services appeals for “cosy clothes” for single-parent families in Dundee.

The effort comes as the city continues to face major issues with child poverty.

Ann McKenzie, deputy director of the OPFS, said: “The weather is getting colder and many families do not have the means to buy warm clothing for their children or themselves.

“OPFS Family Support Services is launching a campaign to try to provide families in need, experiencing the impact of low incomes and poverty, with warm clothing, bedding and footwear for the colder months ahead.

“We are looking for donations of coats, sturdy shoes and boots, hats, gloves and scarves for children and adults. We are also looking for cosy baby and children’s blankets.

“We are very much focused on the needs of single parents and their children, and through our work with families have recognised that there is a need for giving them access to warmer clothing during the winter.

“We ran a very successful campaign last year and are repeating this for 2018.”

Ann said that the charity concentrates on attempting to alleviate poverty in single-parent families.

She said: “There is considerable deprivation and childhood poverty in the city, and our evidence shows that single-parent families in particular have a much greater chance of being in poverty.

“We work to respond to this need and we are very lucky that there are many people who are keen to provide us with donations.”

A report published earlier this year described Dundee’s childhood poverty blight as the city’s “greatest shame”.

The report, by the End Child Poverty Coalition, showed the city has one of the worst rates of child poverty in Scotland, with more than 8,000 – or 28% – of children growing up below the poverty line.

Donations can be handed in to Families House, 20 Grampian Gardens, Monday–Friday, from 9am–4pm, or to the group’s community flat at 14 St Boswells Terrace on Thursdays from 10am-2pm.

Ann added: “We may also be able to make arrangements to pick things up from Dundee House in the town centre.”

See original article on Evening Telegraph.

Posted in Dundee Family Support Services, Family Support, News.

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