Covid-19 Service UPDATE...
Ask Dad More will continue its highly successful partnership with Circle Scotland’s Haven Project. This has been a constant throughout the Covid -19 era. Group meetings have moved online. We have learned that this works well for some but others are left out due to digital exclusion. Ask Dad More has worked at improving this situation by sourcing IT equipment and data packages for excluded dads and families.
Throughout Covid-19, Ask Dad More has focussed on providing more intense support for isolated and vulnerable individuals and families across the city. This level of support was not something that Ask Dad More did previously but it is likely to continue whilst it is needed.
Ask Dad More works in partnership with community based organisations to support and promote the role of the father in the healthy development of children and young people.
Ask Dad More uses the experience and resources of a well-established, health promoting, youth work organisation (Fast Forward) and a project officer (Mark Hunter) with a community youth and children’s work background, to engage dads in 1:1, group work and workshops that support them to have age appropriate conversations with their children about health and well-being issues.
Ask Dad More supports any organisation that wants to improve its level of engagement with dads.
Normal service details...
A health education, training and upskilling programme for Scottish Dads in Edinburgh and the Lothians. The programme works with Father’s groups and networks, providing customised workshops and educational sessions addressing a range of health and well-being issues.
The aim of the project is to support dads and father figures to build on their knowledge and understanding of issues affecting children and young people and improve communication between father and child around health and wellbeing issues and risk taking behaviour. In short, well informed confident dads make for happier healthier children and young people.
The positive impact of having better informed, more confident dads can be seen in the improvement of the physical and mental wellbeing of the whole family as well as children and young people’s educational attainment. These positive impacts are even more profound in the communities which suffer most from poverty and other inequalities.
Working with the Voluntary Sector...
The Ask Dad More project works in partnership with other voluntary sector organisations to deliver services for dads and father figures by:
- Providing long term support to partner organisations and building relationships with individuals and groups of dads
- Working in partnership with organisations in Edinburgh and the Lothians who wish to build their capacity for working with dads and father figures
- Providing consultancy and guidance to local family support organisations
- Providing staff training to local family support organisations
- Helping to establish groups for dads and father figures in areas that need them and support them to link into local services
- Providing customised interactive workshops to groups of dads and male carers
- Providing one to one interventions and sessions when appropriate.
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