Community Connections Project Update

Community Connections Project Update


The Community Connections project team has been busy preparing to submit our Stage 1 project report to the Scottish Government. If successful, Stage 2 funding will allow us to implement the findings from our work so far shaped by single parents.

In Stage 1 we focused on researching the issues around using digital technologies to enable single parents to combat loneliness, social isolation and improve mental wellbeing. Over 800 single parents across Scotland completed our survey conducted in collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit, which exceeded our most ambitious targets. We would like to thank everyone that took the time to complete the survey online, organisations that promoted via social media, and OPFS staff that supported parents in groups to complete paper copies of the survey. Your participation has made the project happen – thank you to everyone who has contributed.

The GCU team conducted individual interviews and we have run focus groups with parents in Glasgow and Lanarkshire. In addition to meeting staff in Aberdeenshire to further explore the issues captured in the survey. These include:

  • Demographic data on single parents across Scotland;
  • Single parents’ self-image, mental well-being and social connections;
  • Online habits and attitudes to social media of single parents;
  • Websites and apps used by single parents;
  • Barriers to accessing online support;
  • Scoping out ideas for a new online resource aimed at single parents in Scotland.

Results from this research will feed directly in to our report and bid for Stage 2 funding. If you are a single parent interested in sharing your views by participating in focus groups, creating a Vlog or Blog please contact Morris or Marissa at Glasgow OPFS.

To ensure you keep up to date with further project updates and other OPFS news you can sign up to our newsletter. Barriers to digital inclusion are topical at moment as Universal Credits requires applicants to be online. We have further information about how Universal Credits could affect you and your family and you can also call our Lone Parent Helpline if you require further advice.

Completing a focus group activity

Completing a focus group activity exploring ideas for a new website aimed at single parents


Outputs from a focus group activity

Voting from a focus group activity with extra ideas added by a participant


What apps, websites and social media do you currently use?

What apps, websites and social media do you currently use?


Barriers to accessing support online

This is a partnership with OPFS and Glasgow Caledonian University to involve single parents in developing practical service delivery options, in response to isolation and loneliness facing single parents trapped in poverty with its impact on emotional well-being and mental health.

The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the ESF Programmes. For further information visit its website or follow @scotgovESIF.

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