European Social Fund (ESF)
The ESF invests in people, with a focus on improving employment and education opportunities across the European Union. It also aims to improve the situation of the most vulnerable people at risk of poverty.
OPFS and Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit, received funding to research the issues around using digital technologies to enable single parents to combat loneliness, social isolation and improve mental wellbeing. See more. See more information on this.
ESF Employability Programme
OPFS staff engage with and provide specialist support for lone parents who are 29 years + but not to the exclusion of lone parents under this age who face significant disadvantage in moving through the employability pipeline and accessing education or gaining employment. All lone parents supported by this funding have a significant distance to travel before they can take advantage of current and future educational and employment opportunities. The programme also embeds career progression, vocational achievement and higher job related training firmly within the pipeline and as an established route to sustaining employment. We have a concentrated focus of engagement activities, reaching out to lone parents living within the Wards across Glasgow with the highest percentage of lone parent households. Within each geographical area we work with local agencies, educational establishments, projects, organisations and groups established within the community.