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 was very fortunate to recently attend the House of Lords with another charity. This experience got me thinking, as there was opportunity to ask questions and make points. This was a valuable exercise to at least get conversations going about some important topics.
I have checked and there seem to be no MPs at Westminster who are single fathers. This means that there are no MPs who have the experience of single fatherhood and what this can involve, both the good and the bad.
So, my question in this blog is what you would like to ask MPs if you got the chance. Alternatively what would you like to tell them about your experiences of being a single father, the joys, the hopes, the challenges and the struggles?
If MPs wanted to hear more from single fathers what would you tell them about the social, practical and financial challenges involved?
Or what would you ask to be changed to make single fatherhood, and indeed lone parenting more generally, a better and less challenging experience for you and your child(ren)?
This could be small or big changes, but I guess ones that could make a big difference to the practical, social and financial challenges we face as well as one that could increase avenues of support and reduce isolation?
Please do share your thoughts!!!
Thank you for reading and I hope that you are keeping warm
Dads House Dads & Kids Breakfast club is held every Saturday 9am to 11am
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.
How often have you witnessed your kids hide in embarrassment when you take to the dancefloor? Perhaps your kids just don’t appreciate your moves or maybe they are just jealous?
To help bring this very important issue to the fore - and have some fun in the process - we have teamed up with kids’ pop band - Zeamu Music. They are all about giving kids great music that they can relate to and that reflects their lives and interests and it just so happens they have a song about dad dancing.
Parents can self-refer or be referred by professionals. WLAC meet with each parent prior to the courses starting to establish their goals for the course.
Parentalk for Parents of 3 - 11 year olds
Dads Matter for fathers and step fathers
Breathing Space - a mindfulness based stress reduction group
Mindfulness for Dads - a taster session
Parenteen - for parents of teenagers