Welcome to Dads House
There are currently over 2 million non residential dads in the UK and over 200,000 raising their children alone.
In London alone there are 20,000 dads who are the main carers for their children.
We have seen a huge change in society and these figures are expected to rise dramatically in the next 5 years.
After raising his own son from an early age, William realised that there was very little support for fathers.
Although there was a number of organisations available to help parents, there was no support for the practicle side, no one to meet up with for a coffee and chat, people that would have an understanding on their struggles.
It was Billy's dream create a charity that could offer the support needed by single dads.
Since Dads House launched in 2008, our reputation has grown within many organisations, local authorities and the UK Government, who often contact Dads House to help with various topics.
In 2013 Dads House launched in Kent. Our 5 year plan going forward is to have Dads House branches accross th UK, enabling us to help and support as many single fathers as possible.
I have had two experiences with my son recently which contrasted greatly. One was very positive, where we were welcomed by a group of people that we had never met, and accepted for who we are without exception. This made my son feel wonderful, special and very happy in his surroundings. This in turn meant that he felt very confident to speak with everyone and just be his wonderful self. I of course felt very proud!!
The other was unfortunately quite the opposite. We attended another event, but unfortunately another parent made comments to my son that he found hurtful and upsetting. This rather ruined the event for us both, and we were both quite glad to leave. I doubt if we will return and it took a lot of love and reassurance to support my son to remember how truly amazing he is.
Of course people are entitled to their opinions and in the age of social media these are often shared more quickly and easily. Do you have experience of acceptance or rejection as a single father in social spaces?
Where do you feel comfortable and accepted with your children?
Where have you felt awkward or stigmatised with your children?
Please share your views, this is a very important area for us all and sharing our experiences can only help to develop how we all understand these issues!!
Dadshouse receives Award from Prime Minister Theresa May in recognition of the support we provide and offer to single dads.
“Through ‘Dads House’ you are bringing together dads to share their experiences and receive practical and emotional support. Drawing on your own experience, you are connecting single fathers across the country and having a profound impact on their lives and the lives of their families.” https://www.
We are delighted to have been invited to Speaker’s House for a reception with the all-party parliamentary group on single parent familes.
"I am grateful to the hon. Lady for giving way so early in her speech. She is making a fantastic return to Westminster Hall from the dizzying heights; she is a principled person and we on the Opposition Benches all love her. The hon. Lady mentions challenges. Is she aware of Dads House, which does all sorts of things to represent single dads? There are 400,000 single-parent families headed up by dads, which is 13.7% of all single-parent families. Dads House has its own food bank and does buddying, breakfast clubs and football—a sport that is close to the hon. Lady’s heart. Would she be interested in meeting members of the group? In fact, everyone in this House has a good opportunity to meet them, because after Prime Minister’s questions on 20 March they are coming to Speaker’s House for a reception with the all-party parliamentary group on single parent families—and all hon. Members are invited. The group does great work."
see the full transcript of the discussion here: http://bit.ly/2SfLuaA
- Plan ahead.
- Don't put pressure on children to choose between their parents.
- Listen to the children.
- Be positive about children spending time with both parents.
- Communicate in advance with your ex.
- Involve the extended family where appropriate.
- Look after yourself.
Dads House Dads & Kids Breakfast club is held every Saturday 9am to 11am
Saturday 18th Of May for 6 weeks in partnership with the Octavia Foundation.
Worlds End Under 5's Centre
18 Blantyre Street
Come along and meet other dads, Let the Children play and take part in many of our fun activities whilst enjoying breakfast and a hot beverage, Since we relaunched the breakfast club in Jan 2018, we have welcomed over 100 Dads and their children.