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Local support for lone parents

Monday, April 23, 2012

Scoop Aid is a well-established charity based in Norfolk Park and local MP Meg Munn recently visited them to discuss the funding challenges they face and their plans for the future. The charity offers support to lone parents through a welfare-rights service. They also collect second-hand baby clothes for lone parent families and take part in a suit-swap to help women going for job interviews. Unfortunately they have had to stop their home visiting service due to staff reductions.

 

Meg said:

 

“Scoop Aid has supported many lone parents in Sheffield over the years and I was sad to learn that due to funding changes they have had to reduce their staffing levels over recent months. Funding cuts and changes made nationally by government are having a significant impact on groups like Scoop Aid and ultimately on the local people that they support.

 

I am very concerned that many local advice and support services have had to reduce their service at a time when the need is increasing. Changes to the Child Support Agency and Legal Aid will have a real impact on the lives of local women in particular, and they will struggle to find advice. We have yet to see the full impact of the Welfare Reforms.

 

Many government initiatives seem aimed at larger voluntary and community groups and social enterprises, rather than small and medium sized local charities. These organisations which are based in local communities are struggling to survive.”

 

To find out more visit: http://www.scoopaid.org.uk/

Associated Photograph :

Meg with Shelli Cooper, Executive Officer at Scoop Aid

Meg with Shelli Cooper, Executive Officer at Scoop Aid


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