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.
Well Spring is coming and going, I guess typical UK weather. As I type it is hailing!!!
Don’t worry I am not planning a blog on Brexit, so please do read on…
So in the last blog I spoke about how the research suggests that social work has not engaged that well with single fathers in the main or effectively understood their needs and strengths. We at Dadshouse would very much like to hear about your experiences and views, and whether they fit with the research or not??
This time I want to build on the last blog and discuss the ideas of Borderwork and Border Crossing, which I discussed in my recent article on social work with single fathers.
Borderwork refers to spaces and times where intense gender differences are intensely felt and experienced. Meanwhile, border crossing refers to times where gender boundaries and barriers are deactivated and any gender divide can be successfully crossed. For me, these concepts offer some possibilities to better understand how single fathers interact with traditionally female dominated areas such as social work, children’s centres or school playgrounds.
What do you think and how do you experience areas and places that are traditionally female dominated. Does this result in feelings of acceptance or rejection, do you feel marginalised or welcome?
As single fathers we often stray from social and community norms on caring and masculinity. Do you feel that services are inclusive and gender-sensitive, recognising that men are privileged in society but that there are complexities and contradictions for single fathers?
What has made the difference when you have felt welcome, accepted and comfortable to go back?
Do take care all and please do share your views and experiences on this important topic.
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
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.