Our Mission Statement
To provide a holistic information, advice and support service to lone parents and their families in Sheffield and its environs.
To promote the needs and views of lone parents both at local and national levels.
SCOOP Aid takes an active role in policy development being involved at local, regional and national levels in debate and consultation on all areas of policy relating to lone parents. Examples of this activity include;
- Member of national consultation panel for DWP - Lone Parent Voluntary Group.
- Director of Centre For Full Employment.
- Board member of Sheffield City Trust.
Ethos of SCOOP Aid Ltd.
From its grass roots background SCOOP Aid has always prided itself on being run for lone parents by lone parents. With the growth of the staff team we can no longer claim to all be or have been lone parents but in our recruitment continue to prioritise knowledge of lone parent issues and a non judgemental attitude as a key indicator.
We aim to offer an holistic service looking at the total needs of the individual rather than a generic one.
We continue to firmly bed our services in what lone parents tell us they want rather than what we or funders think they want. This leads us to seek out funding for what we are trying to do rather than bend our services to meet the ever increasing demands of funders.
Central to the development and sustainability of SCOOP Aid Ltd has been the development of a single site base to house our staff team and to provide a venue for lone parents to access training, advice, support and childcare.Working with others we want to develop additional services:
- Mentoring for children coming to terms with relationship breakdown
- Volunteering opportunities within the organisation.
- Further development of our training provision.
- We are also keen to build a network of "Friends of SCOOP Aid" to support and promote our work.