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Mission Statement

 

 Dads House aim is to make sure children remain the priority after divorce, separation or bereavement.

We will help all Dads in need but can not assist anyone that has been charged with any physical/verbal abuse of their children/partner.

There are many ways in which we help dads and families, including offering emotional support, combating loneliness and isolation by being available to chat with Dads on the phone or in-person at our drop-in centre, breakfast clubs, law clinics, food banks and accommodation/housing. Our goal is to have drop-in centres around the UK run by Dads.

Whilst we are helping Dads with the consequences that arise, our long term aim is to tackle the cause through research, raising awareness and legal reform. We believe it's not about the mother's right or the father's right but the child's right to be cared for and raised by both their parents equally.

About Us

Dads House was set up in 2008 by William McGranaghan (Billy to his friends) to help single dads with the practicalities of raising their children alone.

There are currently over 2 million non-residential dads in the UK and over 200,000 raising their children alone. Just in London 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 were 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 of their struggles.

It was Billy's dream to create a charity that could offer the support needed by single dads so he set up Dads House.

Since Dads House launched in 2008, our reputation has grown within many organisations. Today many local authorities and the UK Government often contact Dads House to help with various topics.

Our 5 year plan going forward is to have Dads House branches across the UK, enabling us to help and support as many single fathers as possible. If you would like to volunteer or help in any capacity please contact us.

Walk ins are welcome at our offices from 10am to 6pm Monday to Fridays, and then from 8am to noon on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

The House Rules

Dads House facility in Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6TE is a safe haven for children and their dads to meet up. 
Any form of violence, arguments,  discrimination or racism will not be tolerated. 
Any person found to be violating the house rules will be asked to leave, plus refused entry back into Dads House.

History

The founder and promoter of Dads House is William McGranaghan. William is himself a single father. He and his son, Sam, were left by Sam’s mother, who went abroad when Sam was one year old.  William immediately had to learn to care for Sam.  He took temporary and part time work in order to be able to spend time with Sam and to take him to school.  It was not easy. Sam was discovered at the age of eleven as having learning difficulties. Despite that, with William’s love and support, Sam did well at school and now, aged 18, has gone to college to study Sports Development.  William wishes to make life a bit easier for other fathers who find themselves in his predicament.  He wants them to get the help he did not get.

 

Supporters

Like any organisation, Dads House needs volunteers, donations and support from people to make this work. Here are just a few of the people that have got us this far. Thank you.

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In Association with...

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Notting Hill is one of the most inventive housing associations in the UK and one of the largest property developers in London. We house people in need, help residents become homeowners and reinvest the money we make to build new homes. The Peabody Group now owns and manages more than 19,000 homes across the capital. We only operate in London and manage a range of tenures, including social housing, leasehold, shared ownership, supported housing, key-worker accommodation and commercial units. Solidarity Sports was borne from the desire to provide affordable sports provision and health initiatives in deprived areas of London for marginalised communities that would ordinarily be unable to access and benefit from such opportunities.

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  Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centres offer a new individual approach to your health, focused on helping you achieve your personal goals. Our producers share our commitment to great tasting food that is fresh, wholesome and safe to eat. We seek out and promote organically grown foods, as well as feature foods that are free of artificial preservatives, colours, flavours, sweeteners and hydrogenated fats.

HOFF

HOMES FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES (“HOFF”)

Homes for Fathers and Families (“HOFF”) is a project aimed at providing the same degree of support for single fathers as is available for single mothers in the UK. Fathers who look after their children on their own have much the same difficulties as mothers.  In addition they are not necessarily as naturally gifted when it comes to caring for their children, nor are they seen as needing help, for example by employers in regard to time off or flexibility in working hours.  As a result, in many cases, their children suffer.

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Latest News...

Dads House Partners Sainsbury's And Argos For Christmas

Dads House is very proud to announce our 2019 Christmas toy appeal partnership with major high street retailers Sainsburys and Argos to help single dads mums and their children who need practical support and understanding this Christmas.

 

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