The Men’s Network (England) is launching an exciting programme of activity for dads in Brighton & Hove in 2011 as part of its commitment to build a city that works for everyone – men and boys included.
Because we know just how much Dads Make A Difference we believe in helping every dad be the best dad he can be with a programme of support and activity that will include:
- A Fortnightly Dads Group
- Weekend Activities For Dads & Lads (and daughters on demand)
- Building a network of Dads Reps in every school
- Hosting a monthly Dads Action Team for volunteers
- Developing a support service for separated dads
- Facilitating a quarterly Dads Taskforce for strategic partners
- Creating the Best Fathers’ Day In The World Ever?
FORTNIGHTLY DADS GROUPS
With the help of funding from the Novas Scarman Can Do Health initiative, The Men’s Network will build on the popular Dads’ Group sessions piloted in 2010 by running a fortnightly Dads’ Group for five months from February to June.
The Dads’ Group provides a space where dads of all backgrounds (and different stages of fatherhood) come together on a regular basis to develop themselves, make new friends, support other men and help build a network for dads in Brighton & Hove.
One participant in our pilot project summed up the experience:
“I did not know what to expect when I attended my first Dads’ Group meeting. In all honesty I was rather sceptical at how such a meeting could benefit me. In truth the experience has been nothing short of remarkable as it has helped me to strengthen my weaknesses and will continue to make me a better Dad. This is the only place for me, where I can discuss the issues of Fatherdom, which are not always handed down with a manual of instructions!”
WEEKEND ACTIVITIES FOR DADS & LADS (and daughters on demand)
As part of our commitment to help men and boys live longer, happier, healthier lives – and with the support of the Novas Scarman Can Do Health initiative – The Men’s Network will launch a series of weekend activities for dads and lads in April – to help men and boys to Get A Move On and enjoy new ways of being physically active.
As well as hosting some events – such as the popular dads and lads beach volleyball tournament we ran in 2010 – we will also be making some small grants available to dads who want to organize their own activities and inviting existing projects to host free and low-cost sessions for dads and lads in the city.
While the focus of this project is to help improve the health of men and boys, we are very happy to find ways to involve women and girls in this initiative where there is an appropriate demand.
A NETWORK OF DADS REPS IN EVERY SCHOOL
The Men’s Network is committee to transforming the way the world works for men and boys and this can only happen when we involve and support men in developing local groups and communities that actively create opportunities for every man and boy in our city to give help and get help whenever they need it.
With this in mind one of our ambitions for 2011 is to build a network of volunteer Dads Reps to be the voice of fathers in the city and provide a vital point of liaison between schools and dads who want to be more involved in their children’s education.
These posts will be open not just to Dads, but to anyone who feels that they can be effective at liaising between dads and schools.
If you want to find out more about becoming a Dads Rep please contact The Men’s Network chair, Glen Poole by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONTHLY DADS ACTION TEAM
As part of our commitment to building a city that works for everyone – men and boys included – we are launching a series of monthly action teams in 2011 where people who share our passion for working men and boys can get together with likeminded people and develop new ways to take action and make a difference
This includes a monthly Dads Action Team for volunteers and supporters of The Men’s Network to meet up and discuss what action we will take to help Dads Make A Difference in Brighton & Hove.
If you would like to take part in these meetings please contact The Men’s Network chair, Glen Poole by email: email@example.com.
SUPPORT SERVICE FOR SEPARATED DADS
The Men’s Network is committed to helping everyone in our city have the best possible relationship with their parents. With this in mind we intend to develop the informal support we currently offer into a regular service that supports and works with existing projects supporting separated dads in Brighton & Hove.
A QUARTERLY DADS TASKFORCE FOR STRATEGIC PARTNERS
One of our key objectives for the first year of our Citywide Strategy For Men And Boys (2011-2014) is to facilitate the development of four (plus one) key Taskforces with a broad partnership of individuals and organisations from across the city under the following themes:
- Improving Male Health (a. Physical & Sexual b. Mental, Emotional & Spiritual)
- Helping Boys Do Better
- Keeping Men and Boys Safe
- Supporting Dads
We aim to launch our Supporting Dads Taskforce in May 2011. For more information on our plans for Supporting Dads in Brighton & Hove see the Helping Every Dad Be A Great Dad section of our draft strategy for 2011-2014
THE BEST FATHERS DAY IN THE WORLD EVER?
One of the challenges we have set ourselves is to make Brighton & Hove become the world’s most dad-friendly city and make it the place to go” for Fathers’ Day in the way that, Lewes is “the place to go” for Bonfire Night and Lourdes is the “the place to go” for religious healing.
We don’t know what this looks like yet but love the concept and welcome your ideas. How can we make Fathers’ Day 2011 the Best Fathers’ Day In The World Ever?
To send us your ideas or to find out more about our work with Dads in Brighton & Hove please contact The Men’s Network chair, Glen Poole by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.