Community Connections – Briefing Papers

In Stage 1 of the Community Connections Project 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 and the preparation of these briefings – thank you to everyone who has contributed.

The results of the survey, focus groups and interviews has enabled the production of the briefing papers below.

  1. Social isolation, loneliness and single parents in Scotland
  2. The well-being of single parents in Scotland
  3. Coping strategies: how single parents in Scotland deal with problems
  4. Use of online advice and support by single parents in Scotland
  5. Being a single parent in Scotland: how well do we do?
  6. Residential mobility and single parents in Scotland
  7. Becoming a single parent in Scotland: what difference does it make?

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.


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