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Dads matter too!

We recognise that community services can often appear to be geared around the needs of Mothers.  Dads can feel left out. However, we feel that fathers have an equally important role to play with their children and have needs of their own - after all children don't come with “instructions!” and a parent's role can be very demanding for both Mums and Dads

So Dads, if you would like to find out more about how you can get involved, or you have ideas about how we can be supporting Dads in general, please let us know
Dads UK
A voluntary support group for dads offering advice, information and forums.
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Families Need Fathers
Families Need Fathers is a registered UK charity which provides information and support to parents, including unmarried parents, of either sex. FNF is chiefly concerned with the problems of maintaining a child's relationship with both parents during and after family breakdown.
Click here to view the Families Need Fathers website

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Fatherhood institute wants dads and male cares to be included

FI tells Britain’s schools and nurseries: it’s time to ‘dad up’!

26 March 2012

We are calling on schools, nurseries and other family learning settings to sign up for Fathers’ Story Week 2012 and do more to help dads support their children’s education.

Several top children’s authors including Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson, along with Olympian and father-of-six Chris Boardman and a host of education experts and organisations, have pledged their support for this year’s Fathers’ Story Week, which will take place in the week leading up to Father’s Day (11-17 June).

The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson said: ‘I’m delighted to support Fathers Story Week, and I hope a record number of dads and schools will get involved this year. In my experience fathers are great storytellers – and great actors. When I do my book shows I often need a little help from the audience, and ask “Who’s got a dad who’s good at telling stories and doing the different voices?” The fathers who are volunteered by their children are always brilliant at transforming themselves into farmers, cattle thieves, dogs, elephants, or whatever else is required.’

Olympic gold medallist and world record holding cyclist Chris Boardman said: ‘Fathers’ Story Week is a wonderful campaign that will help encourage dads to get involved with their children’s schools, nurseries and reading, I am proud to be a supporter. When I was a child my parents read to me regularly and I do the same without fail every night. I want every child to have this experience which is why I am supporting Fathers Story Week.’

Fathers’ Story Week is designed to help participating schools, nurseries and other settings to celebrate fathers and fatherhood, through classroom activities and homework where the children work with their dads or other father-figures; and whole-school events where dads are invited to join the children during the school day. Activities include an Olympic Challenge to find out more about your dad and the Olympics, and try a new sport; paper aeroplane competitions; readathons; and Bring Your Dad To School Day. For more information, visit the FSW website.

Fathers’ Story Week is now in its third year; more than 2,500 schools, nurseries and other settings took part in 2011, reaching an estimated 250,000 families. Organisations including National Children’s Bureau, Action for Prisoners’ Families, the National Day Nurseries Association and the Royal National Institute of Blind People have all endorsed this year’s event, as has Britain’s most famous gay dad, Coronation Street actor Charlie Condou.

Adrienne Burgess, Joint Chief Executive of the Fatherhood Institute, said: ‘We know from the research evidence that when fathers are involved in their children’s learning they have a significant impact on their well-being and learning outcomes. Too often schools and other settings overlook their responsibility to engage with dads as well as mums – especially when the family is separated. Fathers’ Story Week is a great opportunity to start reaching out and getting more dads through the door.’


Click here to view great link for dads and male carers

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Fathers Direct
An organisation that promotes the role of all fathers. Articles and forums.
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Home Dad
An interactive web site for dads bringing up their children. Dads can meet up, offer advice and support and share their experiences of hands-on fathering. The site has news, features and information, details on starting a playgroup and how to find other home dads. There is a bulletin board for messages and regular chat room sessions.
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Slowlane
An American site with a searchable collection of articles and links to sites for all fathering issues.
Click here to view the Slow Lane website

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