New online and telephone services will help local parents and families

Winchester and Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has welcomed an £11 million investment in new online and telephone services which will help to support parents and families.

The Government is providing funding to eleven voluntary and community organisations to deliver a range of support including relationship advice, advice on educational issues and services tailored specifically for fathers.

Mr Brine said: "Every parent across the country can benefit from these services and I welcome the Government's decision to trust organisations with a proven track record in supporting families to deliver them.

"Online and telephone support will give families across my constituency the help they need, when they need it, without interfering in family life."

The organisations which will benefit include Relate, Coram Children's Legal Centre, Contact A Family, Family Lives, Family Matters Institute, Family Rights Group, One Plus One, Single Parents Action Network and Young Minds. Netmums and Gingerbread will also benefit.

Sally Russell, co-founder of Netmums, said: "All mums and dads experience difficulties at some point, but knowing where to go for help can be tricky. With over two million mums using Netmums each month the funding for our online clinics and experts from charities such as Relate, CAB and Women's Aid means that we are able to support thousands of families.

"It can be heartbreaking to read the experiences of mums who are struggling with relationships, finances, or the challenges of bringing up children, so it is fantastic that we are now able to support those who are most in need. The service also saves the NHS money overall, so it's a very positive example of how the internet can re-shape public services for the benefit of everyone."

Fiona Weir, chief executive of single parent charity Gingerbread, added:"Gingerbread is delighted to receive this support from government to deliver our information and advice services, as we know how much parents value being able to access free advice from charities that they know and trust.

"Gingerbread has been working with single parents for nearly a hundred years and we are able to offer a tailored service that meets their needs. We welcome the opportunities presented by this funding to develop our services, in particular to create more interactive online tools to complement our expert telephone advice."