The Equip – Engage – Inspire Programme
Resilience research has found that children who do well in spite of adversity have often had a close and nurturing relationship with an adult from outside their family. Sir John Bowlby, Psychologist and child attachment theorist, found that children who develop three or more secondary attachment bonds (not counting parents) are usually more resilient, have higher self-esteem and fewer mental health problems than children with fewer secondary bonds.
The Lads Need Dads 18-month ‘Equip – Engage – Inspire Programme’ aims to facilitate the creation of secondary bonds through a supportive group of committed mentors.
Our long-term early-intervention prevention programme, provides boys with male-led group mentoring, bush-craft survival, life-skill training, community volunteering, leadership and peer champion opportunities.
Upon graduation, all participants are able to attend a monthly Ambassador group, where they can continue to meet with their peers and mentors and receive on-going support. .
Support group for mums and carers
We work closely with mums and carers. Our private Facebook page provides updates about each session that is taking place and a forum for which to ask questions or give advice. We run regular coffee mornings for mums and carers to meet each other and the mentors. We deliver workshops on subjects such as how to manage and de-escalate difficult behaviour and provide one to one support where needed.