support site, aims to provide a virtual meeting place for single
parent mums, and dads, thereby helping to reduce the isolation and loneliness
that single parents some times feel.
site provides a means for individuals to make new friends, gain advice
and support through the chat rooms, and forums, as well as through the
Dating Site. We recognise that, for various reasons, not all single
or unattached parents are able to meet with others outside their home. Through
this site, we put unattached parents in touch with each other, globally, nationally
Site also provides practical advice and support through links to other
resources – JobCentre, New Deal, CAB and a counselling Directory, for
instance, helping our members to help themselves by providing information
that may otherwise be inaccessible.
site is currently owned by Andrew and relies on income generated through
the dating site and donations to cover the running costs.
The site has been up and running for 8 years, with a current membership
of 2500 approx., but this does not reflect the true membership as the
site has undergone previous incarnations. We estimate a more realistic
figure to be in excess of 10 000. New membership currently is between
5 and 10 a week on the Lone parents site.
important strengths and core competencies:
The presence of the site through its strong position on most search
engines makes it a primary resource for those surfing the net for support.
In addition, its active member base and forums make it a dynamic site
with a sense of it being lively and dynamic. Unlike some of its competitors,
the forums are visible when entering the site, so it has good “shop
front” presence and feels friendly and accessible. It is well moderated
and the owner takes an active role in this, which makes the site safe,
welcoming and creates a culture which the members quickly feel they
belong to and is inclusive