Help for sole parents

KIM Saunders is wellplaced to help Coffs Harbour's Sole Parent Support Network (SPLASH) go on to bigger and better things.

A sole parent with two boys and a full-time student, Kim has just been appointed the group's project officer as a result of Area Assistance Scheme funding.

SPLASH was formed 12 months ago by a group of sole parents in St John's Anglican Parish who wanted to have a social outlet and share their common experiences.

It is one of the first programs to be run in Coffs Harbour under the Anglicare North Coast banner.

"The work of this group is very important," Kim said.

"There are that many sole parents out there, particularly on the North Coast, who are either working or who are on benefits.

"The idea is to let them know they're not alone and that there are others out there who are doing it on their own.

"It's very difficult for sole parents these days, with isolation and financial pressures among the big concerns.

"Transport is also another big one. If you don't have a car here, public transport can be a problem.

"Child care is another big issue, not just for sole parents, but for all par- ents."

Kim said SPLASH aimed to:

n provide opportunities for sole parents to overcome social isolation and help them participate in the community;

n build a network for sharing information, resources, ideas and advoca- cy; and

n promote the role of lone parents in the community.

For further information, Kim Saunders can be contacted at her office on 6651 8623.

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