, officially known as the National Council for One Parent Families
, is a registered British charity that advocates on behalf of single-parent
families and provides a range of services for single parents and practitioners working with single parents. Following a merger with One Parent Families
in 2007 it was briefly known as "One Parent Families|Gingerbread" before relaunching as Gingerbread in January 2009.
One Parent Families was formerly known as the National Council for One Parent Families, and was originally founded in the aftermath of World War I, in 1918 as the National Council for the Unmarried Mother and her Child.
The original Gingerbread was formed in the 1970s by Tessa Fothergill, as a self-help organisation.J. K. Rowling
, once a single mother herself, was the charity's first Ambassador and now is President of the organisation. Other ambassadors include celebrities such as author Martina Cole
, and basketball star John Amaechi
The organization states that its vision is "a society in which single parent families are valued and where they (and their children) are treated equally and fairly."
The organizations' archives are held at The Women's Library
at London Metropolitan University
- , which holds the organisation's extensive archive and publications