Gingerbread launches new online ‘Separation Hub’ for newly separating parents
Gingerbread has today launched a brand new online ‘Separation Hub’, offering advice, information and support to parents going through a separation.
January is widely recognised as a time when many couples begin the process of separation. Calls to Gingerbread’s helpline rose sharply at the beginning of last year (2016), with a particular rise in calls related specifically to separation. From December 2015 to January 2016, there was a 120% rise in calls from parents who were just separating or newly separated, and an 80% rise in calls about divorce.
Gingerbread’s online Separation Hub gathers new and existing information and advice on separation into one place that is easy to use and navigate, offering support and guidance on several areas including supporting children, legal issues, safety, money and housing. It’s innovatively designed to be an intuitive online tool so that parents who are already feeling overwhelmed by their circumstances are able to easily find the information and help they need.
Dalia Ben-Galim, Director of Policy, Advice and Communications at Gingerbread, said:
“Separation can be an overwhelming and stressful time. We know from calls to our helpline and visits to our website that many parents are looking for advice and support on separation in January, as well as throughout the year.
“Some parents will be looking for reassurance, others simply want to find out practical information. Some will be in particularly challenging circumstances such as abusive relationships and need help quickly and efficiently.
“The separation hub is a new online resource that gathers together information both from Gingerbread and other organisations, plus includes some new advice and guidance, to help parents navigate this extremely difficult time and ensure that they and their children are supported and protected.”
The launch of the Hub is being marked by a special Facebook Live Q&A with agony aunt Dear Deidre, on Wednesday 11 January at 3.30pm. Deidre and a Gingerbread adviser will take questions from anyone experiencing a separation or planning to separate. The session can be viewed live on Wednesday via the Gingerbread Facebook page.