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Single Parents' Action Network

About SPAN

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 improve their lives and play a greater part in society.


We work to realize this vision through:


Campaigning for policies and services that support single parents and other disadvantaged families to improve their life chances. SPAN brings voices from the grassroots to the corridors of power in Bristol City Hall, Westminster and the European Parliament.


Conducting research that highlight the issues facing single parents, other disadvantaged parents and their families. We actively involve parents in this process giving them the opportunity to have a voice and get heard.


Offering on-line support to single parents through our dedicated website One Space. The site offers single parents the opportunity to get 1:1 support and advice on a range of topics, talk to others in similar situations through forums, information, and, access to on-line learning opportunities.

Online support

One Space is SPAN's parenting site for single parents and their families. It offers an online community for single parents with support from other users who have gone through similar issues and from experienced parenting specialists.


The website offers a unique email service 'Ask the Experts' , where our resident expert advisers will respond to questions on a wide range of issues, such as debt, Child Support Agency, domestic violence, legal advice, housing benefit and Job Seekers Allowance.


One Space also provides an online learning service with provides both personal and professional development courses, ranging form the Freedom Programme, to assertiveness and ways into work. All courses are flexible and learners can work at their own pace to complete the courses.


The site carries numerous articles and guidance on a wide range of issues relative to single parenting, for example information on benefits, emotional issues, legal matters and how to keep children entertained on a small budget. All our articles are written by experts in their field. The Lifestyle section of the site offers a Blog system for users to share their personal experiences.


If you want to find out more go to our One Space website.


Campaigning is at the heart of SPAN. We are passionate about doing all we can to help families break through poverty and disadvantage.



Our campaigns are rooted in our experience, and the work we do directly with families living in poverty and disadvantage which gives us insight and expertise. We put single parents at every level of our campaigning and help them to speak for themselves as often as possible. Many of our members of staff and trustees are single parents and also get involved.

Take a look at our current campaign priorities.


If you would like to get involved in our campaigning work or get involved in another way, click here to find out how you can support us.



Finding Us

The Silai Centre
176-178 Easton Road

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