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Single Parent Action Network (SPAN) is the legacy of the hard work invested by a dedicated team of professional single parents and volunteers at Single Parent Action Network (SPAN).

The website was born in 2008 and has supported thousands of single mums and single dads nationwide with every aspect of singleparenthood from coping with separation and/or divorce, understanding Court procedures, surviving domestic abuse to sharing parenting ideas, information on work and benefits and so much more!

We aim to be the first port of call for single parents online, providing information, support or signposting to relevant services and a lifeline for everyone who is doing the hardest yet most important job, parenting alone.

Single Parent Action Network (SPAN) closed in 2016, but it's legacy lives on through

  • What We Do

    What We Do

    Single Parent Action Network (SPAN) is a Bristol based grassroots charity with national reach. Our vision is to engage and empower one-parent families living in poverty and isolation, from different backgrounds and cultures, to… Read more

  • Our Aims

    Our Aims

    Single Parent Action Network (SPAN)'s aims are to: Support single parents to empower themselves and take control of their lives Give a voice to one parent families from diverse backgrounds and cultures living in… Read more

  • Our Impact

    Our Impact

    Single Parent Action Network (SPAN)'s work is life-changing and has a long-lasting impact on families. In this section you can learn more about how SPAN has helped some of our individual members. Click here… Read more

  • Our History

    Our History

    Single Parent Action Network (SPAN) was established in 1990 under the Third European Poverty Programme by a multi-racial group of single parents in Bristol, the great majority volunteers, working to make a better life… Read more

  • The Silai Centre

    The Silai Centre

    In August 2013, Single Parent Action Network (SPAN) joined together with another Bristol based charity – Silai for Skills – and took over the management of the Silai Building which was renamed as 'The… Read more

  • Funders & Partners

    Funders & Partners

    Without the generous support from our funders and partners, we would not be able to do the work that we do. Thank you to: Bristol City Council The Big Lottery Fund – Reaching Communities… Read more

  • Policy Priorities

    Policy Priorities

    Since 1990, Single Parent Action Network (SPAN) has been working in the UK and Europe to improve Government policies that affect single parent families. Through this work we give a voice to all single… Read more

  • SPAN Research

    SPAN Research

    Single Parent Action Network (SPAN) is currently involved in a number of research projects where we work in partnership with other organisations. In all projects, we ensure that single parents have an opportunity to… Read more

  • Publications & Policy Papers

    Publications & Policy Papers

    2014 SPAN's response to call for evidence for the Independent review of Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions 10 January 2014> View PDF 2013 Report about the experience of single parents on the Work Programme. We think… Read more

  • SPAN's Campaigns

    SPAN's Campaigns

    Single Parent Action Network's current campaigning priority is to improve the job seeking services offered to single parents to take better account of their needs and to protect the well being of their children.… Read more