Equipping, Engaging and Inspiring Young Men
The Equip Programme
The Engage Programme
The Inspire Programme
The Ambassadors Programme
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2.9 Million children live in lone parent families in the UK.
Office of National Statistics 2019
children in the UK are growing up without a father in their lives.
Centre for Social Justice 2017
Billion (£) was the economic cost of family breakdown in 2018.
Relationships Foundation 2018
of young men in prison in England and Wales had an absent father.
Prison Reform Trust 2013
Boys who grow up with an absent father can suffer lasting damage, we are here to help prevent this.
Improved mental health
Reduced anti-social behaviour
Increased school attendance & engagement
Reduction in school exclusion rates
Increased community cohesion
“Lads Need Dads are an incredible force in building lads’ self-esteem and resilience through mentoring. This is so key to helping families facing difficulties and can only help build the future generations into caring loving men with purpose.”
“It is very rare you come across something to help young boys. I searched for ages before I found them. They have been an essential part of our lives for the past 2 years. The support they have provided both myself and my son has been outstanding.”
“They do crucial work with young boys with absent fathers. This helps develop their emotional intelligence, it empowers them and builds resilience helping them steer away from under achieving, getting caught up in offending behaviour and dropping out of school.”
“Early intervention is key in preventing children from taking the wrong path or making wrong choices. Lads Need Dads fills the void left behind by absent father’s in adolescence. Such a wonderful programme that needs to be rolled out across the country.”
“My son has improved confidence, motivation, resilience, self-worth, sense of pride in himself as a person. He’s more expressive with his feelings, is able to control his temper a lot better, is able to listen and understand different points of view.”
Our 18-month early intervention programme “Equip, Engage and Inspire” has been developed for boys during the critical years of 11-15. It provides Male-led Group Mentoring, Bushcraft and Outdoor Activities, Practical Life-skills, Community Volunteering Opportunities, Peer Mentor Training and the opportunity to meet inspiring men from the community and visit inspiring places.
Once boys have completed the programme they can become Lads Need Dads Ambassadors. As Ambassadors they can volunteer and speak at community events and continue to meet as a group for open-ended peer to peer and mentor support.
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