Category Archives: Blogs

Saturday fun with the Dads’ Club

The Dads’ Clubs in Edinburgh organise free activities and outings each Saturday for single fathers and their young children, including men who only see their children for part of the time. A recent Saturday trip to the Queensferry Lifeboat station was fun …

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Interest on rent-to-own purchases capped to save people millions

For those living in poverty and low-income households, shopping for essential goods can be literally more expensive. Every family home needs furniture and appliances. But affordable credit, never mind paying for such products up front, is beyond the reach of …

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A Royal invitation

Over the last year and a half, Anne Baldock (pictured above with FM Nicola Sturgeon MSP) from OPFS took taken part in the Best Start Grant expert working group. The group contributed to the legislation, design and delivery of the …

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#ProudSingleParents

Nicola is a mum who lives with daughter in Falkirk. In this blog she describes how OPFS has helped her flourish through the OPFS Falkirk Family Centre service. My story I am 29 years old and became a single parent …

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How OPFS has supported me

Shanan is a mum to a three-year-old son. She works part-time and lives in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire. In this blog, she describes the ways OPFS has supported her as a single parent.

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How universal credit is calculated

Updated 18 July 2019 Universal credit is made up of different amounts called elements. These elements are added together to give you a maximum amount of universal credit. The elements included are: Standard allowance This is the amount given for the …

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Benefits when your children get older

Benefits and tax credit changes when your children leave education or start university.

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What is a sanction?

Information for single parents in Scotland about benefit sanctions.

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OPFS Edinburgh

OPFS Edinburgh has had a busy Autumn, making the best of the fading weather with our two Saturday Dads’ Clubs. At the end of September the two groups joined up to take a boat out to the Bass Rock in …

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School Clothing Grants

A big thank-you to the 343 parents throughout Scotland that completed the School Clothing Grant Campaign survey about school clothing grants, and cost of uniforms. OPFS are running this campaign in partnership with CPAG and Poverty Truth Commission. Key results were; …

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