Tuesday 10th June 2014
A friendly, helpful atmosphere at the recent single parents’ jewellery making workshop in the Andover Estate’s Community Hub prompted a number of the participants to attend a homely Tea and a Chat afternoon a week later.
The Lone Parents’ Group from the UCKG HelpCentre in Finsbury Park hosted both events, and both were created as sociable and supportive occasions for single mums.
According to the group leader Daisy Ajorgbor, the Finsbury Park area is not particularly well endowed with resources for these parents, and there is a real need, locally, for easily accessible resources and encouragement.
Single mothers who attended following the jewellery workshop welcomed the opportunity to share their thoughts on lone parenthood with existing members of the group and to pick up tips on dealing with problems.
Elizabeth Gbotaje said that this was the first group meeting she had attended with other lone parents. “It was like a breath of fresh air speaking to those who know exactly what you face on a daily basis.”
“The environment was wholesome and the mothers really like being able to learn alongside other lone parents as well as enjoying a rare spot of ‘me time’ before getting back to the kids at home,” added Daisy Ajorgbor.
“The feedback we received from the newcomers was great, and will be most useful in reaching out to more lone parents especially within the immediate area.”
She concluded: “The joy of the Lone Parents Group is to see parents happy with smiles on their faces and if we achieve this we are happy.”
Notes to editors
UCKG is a Christian church and registered charity that offers a range of practical support activities alongside spiritual support and comfort and welcomes all-comers. It reached the UK in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength, providing support and spreading the Christian faith. There are UCKG HelpCentre branches in England and Wales.
The Lone Parents Group is primarily for younger teenage mothers, but welcomes all lone parents who would appreciate assistance and advice on getting their lives back on track and creating a harmonious family environment for themselves and their children.
CRB checks are now called DBS checks.The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
For further information please contact the UCKG HelpCentre Press Officer via e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org or direct line 020 7686 6033.