Making it Work Edinburgh – Evaluation and Next Steps
Making it Work (MIW) was funded through the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) in Scotland’s Supporting 21st Century Life programme designed to support the most vulnerable lone parents to progress towards or enter into sustainable employment.
MIW was delivered between 2013 to 2017 in five local authority areas in Scotland where there are high concentrations of lone parent families: Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire. Funding from the BLF across Scotland amounted to £6.72 million. This was supplemented by additional levered funding and in kind support bringing the overall total to £6.94 million. In Edinburgh, Capital City Partnership helped Making it Work to provide lone parents with intensive key worker support and involved tailored help with childcare, health and social care, housing and financial inclusion alongside sign posting to existing services. Participation in the programme was entirely voluntary.
In looking at the best ways to help single parents enter meaningful, paid employment, the author of the evaluation speaks about the importance of understanding all of the structural and individual barriers that affect single parent families, and taking the time to address them.