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National Helplines

Contact a family Scotland: Contact a Family is the only UK-wide charity providing advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children - no matter what their health condition. We also enable parents to get in contact with other families, both on a local and national basis.
Website: Contact a family Scotland
Helpline: 0808 808 3555 (Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:00pm)

Homestart: Home-Start provides informal and friendly support for families with young children. Their support is free, confidential and non-judgmental.
website: Homestart
Tel:  0800 068 63 68

National Lone parent helpline: The helpline is operated by two leading lone parent organisations, One Parent Families Scotland and Gingerbread.
Helpline: 0808 801 0323 (Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm)

Website: Lone Parent Helpline

Netmums: Netmums is a family of local sites that cover the UK, each site offering information to mothers on everything from where to find playgroups and how to eat healthily to where to meet other mothers.  The local sites are backed by a wealth of parenting articles that start with pregnancy and follow through each stage of childhood helping mums to enjoy a happy and healthy family life.
website: Netmums

One Parent Families Scotland: One Parent Families Scotland is a voluntary organisation working on behalf of lone parents and their families. Their members include individual lone parents, various organisations working with lone parents and others who just simply want to support the cause of lone parents.
website: One Parent Families Scotland
Tel:  0131 556 3899

Groups and Services in Fife

Fife Gingerbread: Fife Gingerbread provides an accessible, approachable and non-judgemental support, advice and information to lone parents in Fife, with a view to empowering them and promoting their welfare. They run groups and have crèche provision during these. Groups are in Cupar, Glenrothes, Leven, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath. They also offer one to one support, home visits and phone support.
website: Fife Gingerbread 
Tel:  01333 303124 (Monday to Thursday 9am -5pm, Friday 9am -3.30pm)

The Cottage Family Centre:  The Cottage provides a family centre, serving Kirkcaldy which caters for the needs of families with pre-school children. They have activities for children and parents, including a childcare, groups and a thrift shop.
Website: The Cottage Family Centre 
Tel:   01592 269489
email:   administration@thecottagefamilycentre.org

Woodlands Nursery and Family Unit: Based in Methil, the family unit offers a range of services including a drop-in area, parent and toddler group, adult learning, as well as one-to-one support to families.
Tel: 01334 659 483
email: woodlandsnur.enquiries@fife.gov.uk

Website: Woodlands Nursery and Family Unit

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