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.
Hello everyone. Firstly, can I wish all at DadsHouse and everyone associated (your children included) a Very Happy Christmas and New Year!!
I have given this blog some thought and have kept coming back to the fact that I don’t want to make it too negative or sad given that Christmas is almost here.
I have therefore decided upon just a few tips for trying to ensure that Christmas is both fun and not too stressful:
- Be kind to yourself: You are human too and if anything like me a little tired building up to Christmas. Therefore allow yourself a little slack.
- Try to look forwards: It is easy to fall into reminiscing at this time of year, this is OK, but perhaps not if the past contains a high level of pain and sorrow. The future always has the potential to be bright!
- Spend some good times together as a family: You all deserve this and it is the best present for all of us. It doesn’t cost and generates memories that will never go.
- Try to accept support from family and friends: This isn’t failing and may well make their Christmas much happier too. We all need support sometimes.
- Try to remember you are not alone: Being a single father can be a lonely path, but none of us are totally alone and there are always others going through something similar. Try to remember this when things feel difficult.
Thank you for reading and once again a Very Happy Christmas to you all!!
- 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.
- Share the cost of big presents.
- 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.