Single Parent Action Network
Empowering – Connecting – Campaigning

What we do

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.
  • Supporting parents in groups and 1:1. We deliver the inclusive parenting program Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities and have a dedicated parenting support team, which includes a father support worker and a Somali speaking support worker.
  • Delivering a wide range of adult learning opportunities in partnership with further and higher education providers to support parents' personal development, skills and employment prospects.
  • Childcare for children to parents accessing SPAN services as well as members of the wider community.
  • Partnership work and a network of member organizations who are all part of our SPAN Family!

Since our merger with another Bristol based charity – Silai for Skills – in 2013, we manage a large community building in inner-city Bristol – The Silai Centre. This Centre is SPAN's headquarter and the main site for our front-line service delivery. From the Silai Centre we run a number of social enterprises, which includes a community café, a pre-school and sewing & upholstery workshops. Any profit generated through these activities is used to support the charitable aims of our work.