Ben

“I became a mentor at Lads Need Dads whilst working in youth homelessness and I had seen first-hand how many young men are struggling with life. I’ve worked with young people for 10 years in different settings and I’m fascinated by what makes them tick and how each individual develops. Being a mentor at Lads Need Dads teaches me so much and is incredibly rewarding. I’m very proud to be part of such a worthwhile cause.”

Brett

“Hi, I am 35 years old, I am married and have two boys, aged 11 and 9. After reading about `Lads Need Dad’s’ in a school newsletter I decided that it was a worthy cause, so I applied to be a mentor.”

“Having spent over 17 years in the military, my career has given me a wide variety of life experience. It has enabled me to develop skills and gain qualifications in Teaching, Mentoring and Coaching. I enjoy skiing, weight training, DIY vehicle maintenance and riding my motorcycle.”

“I am very much looking forward to the new challenges ahead of me.”

Joel Shaljean

Brian

Brian is a senior sales manager for an engineering company. Lads Need Dads struck a cord with Brian as he didn’t have the best upbringing.

“I didn’t have a relationship with my father and my mother re-married when I was young, and my step-father was not a great role-model. I am married to my long-term partner of 20 years and have started to build a relationship with my father after 40 years. In my short time at Lads Need Dads I have witnessed how the lads come in looking at the floor, hesitant to engage and then over time, watch how their confidence grows. It is so rewarding to see this transition happen and to be a part of this process.

David

David is a retired father of two grown up sons. He was born and raised in Merseyside and spent 40 years in financial services. His interests are cycle touring and bike maintenance, camping, guitar playing and fly fishing – all very useful and transferable skills for Lads Need Dads! David is a former county and now regular league player and qualified table tennis coach.

David feels passionately that boys need male support during their formative years to help them to develop the life skills which will give them the best chance of succeeding in everything they do. “Being a part of LND gives me the opportunity to share my skills and experience with the boys to help them realise their goals.”

DE

De is 25 and officially our youngest mentor. De first heard about Lads Need Dads (LND), when he attended a Brazilian Jui-Jitsu session and saw LND boys taking part.

Our M.D explained the work of Lads Need Dads and it struck a chord with him as he related to the boys, having himself grown up without a father and understood the challenges this brings to teenage boys as it did with him. 

De works in IT and has a son of his own. Despite his busy life and hectic training regime (as he competes in MMA), he makes as much effort as he can to attend our weekly mentoring Programme where he supports boys from challenging backgrounds.  It’s great to have him on board and we hope his presence will encourage other young mentors like him to step up and help.

Derek

“I’m Derek. I grew up in Northumberland and then moved to the South-East, graduating as an engineer before pursuing a more general career in business and finance. I’ve spent the last 16 years working on large infrastructure projects in various parts of the world, before partly retiring last year. Most importantly of all to me, I am married with two marvellous grown-up children!”

“I am a keen fell-walker, and have a love of the outdoors. I also enjoy reading, and sports in general.”

“I have personal experience of the impact of losing a parent at an early age. The ideas behind Lads Need Dads are truly inspiring, so with the time I now have available, it would be great to make a contribution.”

Rodney Appleyard

Drew

“Hi, I’m Drew, and I am a freelance writer and creative consultant, which has allowed me the opportunity to be a volunteer with Lads Need Dads. Not only have I found the mentoring to have a positive effect on the lads we work with, but also on my own outlook and approach to life. For me volunteering with Lads Need Dads is a win-win situation, both for me and all the great lads that I get to share my time with.”

Drew also assists in a volunteer capacity, with Lads Need Dads community funding events.

Mandy Gledhill

Lenny

Lenny is the Daddy of the team at seventy years young! Lenny has joined the team of mentors at Lads Need Dads as he is a musician and wants to inspire the boys to learn to play the guitar. He has played in his own 60’s music rock band for 30 years, playing many venues and still gigs at the weekends. His best memory was playing at the Cavern club in Liverpool.

“I fulfilled a dream and I would love to see the lads achieve theirs”.

Lenny leads a guitar group with LND once a week, but due popular demand will be increasing this to twice a week!

Mandy Gledhill

Mick

A self-confessed petrol head, Mick has a passion for motor-sports and classic cars, travelling and keeping fit. He is a retired Telecoms Manager and father to two girls and grandfather to four grandchildren.  Mick joined the team in Sept 2017 and is already witnessing positive changes in the boys he is working alongside. Mick enjoys sharing his life-skills with the boys and seeing first-hand, their positive impact.

Nigel

Hi I’m Nigel. I’m married and have a daughter of ten and a step son of eight. I am an active dad, with a passion for life and the adventures that are out there waiting to be discovered. My hobbies include water-skiing, cycling, squash and motorsport.

My working career has covered ship building (STS Lord Nelson) to delivering commercial lighting training courses. I enjoy interactive family weekends that include, trips and days out, motorsport events, cycling, as well as board and card games.”

I contacted Lads Need Dads after hearing about the great work the mentors do with the boys such as increasing their engagement in school, leading to improved school-work results as well as the ongoing provision of support to the boys to give them the practical skills they will need as they grow older.

Mandy Gledhill

Pete

“Hi, I’m Pete. I served for 30 years with the London Fire Brigade before retiring in 2016, since then I’ve kept busy by gaining my training and judging qualifications in the sport of CrossFit and tinkering with my old Land Rover.”

“I’ve been married for 28 years and have two beautiful grown up daughters. I first saw the advert for Lads Need Dads on social media and it seemed like such a good idea I decided that I’d like to get involved. I feel really privileged to have been chosen as a mentor and look forward to accompanying the lads on their journey.”

Mandy Gledhill

Richard

Born in the 50’s and having raised 3 boys and been an active Scout Leader for over 40 years, Richard grew up within a supportive, large family environment.

I had a great dad and supportive friends, with teachers and Scout Leaders, to inspire and encourage me. Many boys do not have the same positive experience that I had growing up, so mentoring for Lads Need Dads enables me to be that arm of support and role model that I was fortunate enough as a young man, to experience.”

Richard has a life-long passion for challenging, adventurous activities and the outdoors.

Mandy Gledhill

Scott

“Hi, my name is Scott. I have run my own Personal Training business for nearly twenty years now. Prior to this I served eight years in the British Army as a paramedic. I left the army to bring up my two boys as a single father.”

“They were 2 and 4 back then. Now, they are 24 and 26 and really are a great couple of young men. I wanted to become a mentor with the Lads Need Dads organisation because I think it’s simply amazing and I’d like to pass on some skills, have some fun along the way and help to build some great memories for the lads. I have represented my country and the armed forces at the highest level in sailing. I also love diving, shooting, music and anything outdoors!”

Yas

Yas was Lads Need Dads (LND)’s very first recruit. He grew up in West Yorkshire and moved to Colchester with the army when he was 22, where he served with the parachute regiment, completing tours in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. Yas is married with two children.

 “I joined LND as I was keen to do something worthwhile for the community. I am a big believer in a pound of prevention beats a tonne of cure and this programme is a great way to help young men prepare for the world and do something positive.”

Ben

“I became a mentor at Lads Need Dads whilst working in youth homelessness and I had seen first-hand how many young men are struggling with life. I’ve worked with young people for 10 years in different settings and I’m fascinated by what makes them tick and how each individual develops. Being a mentor at Lads Need Dads teaches me so much and is incredibly rewarding. I’m very proud to be part of such a worthwhile cause.”

Brett

“Hi, I am 35 years old, I am married and have two boys, aged 11 and 9. After reading about `Lads Need Dad’s’ in a school newsletter I decided that it was a worthy cause, so I applied to be a mentor.”

“Having spent over 17 years in the military, my career has given me a wide variety of life experience. It has enabled me to develop skills and gain qualifications in Teaching, Mentoring and Coaching. I enjoy skiing, weight training, DIY vehicle maintenance and riding my motorcycle.”

“I am very much looking forward to the new challenges ahead of me.”

Joel Shaljean

Brian

Brian is a senior sales manager for an engineering company. Lads Need Dads struck a cord with Brian as he didn’t have the best upbringing.

“I didn’t have a relationship with my father and my mother re-married when I was young, and my step-father was not a great role-model. I am married to my long-term partner of 20 years and have started to build a relationship with my father after 40 years. In my short time at Lads Need Dads I have witnessed how the lads come in looking at the floor, hesitant to engage and then over time, watch how their confidence grows. It is so rewarding to see this transition happen and to be a part of this process.

David

David is a retired father of two grown up sons. He was born and raised in Merseyside and spent 40 years in financial services. His interests are cycle touring and bike maintenance, camping, guitar playing and fly fishing – all very useful and transferable skills for Lads Need Dads! David is a former county and now regular league player and qualified table tennis coach.

David feels passionately that boys need male support during their formative years to help them to develop the life skills which will give them the best chance of succeeding in everything they do. “Being a part of LND gives me the opportunity to share my skills and experience with the boys to help them realise their goals.”

DE

De is 25 and officially our youngest mentor. De first heard about Lads Need Dads (LND), when he attended a Brazilian Jui-Jitsu session and saw LND boys taking part in a session.

Our M.D explained the work of Lads Need Dads and it struck a chord with him as he related to the boys, having himself grown up without a father and understood the challenges this brings to teenage boys as it did with him.

De works in IT and has a son of his own. Despite his busy life and hectic training regime (as he competes in MMA),he makes as much effort as he can to attend our weekly mentoring programme where he supports boys from challenging backgrounds.  It’s great to have him on board and we hope his presence will encourage other young mentors like him to step up and help.

Derek

“I’m Derek. I grew up in Northumberland and then moved to the South-East, graduating as an engineer before pursuing a more general career in business and finance. I’ve spent the last 16 years working on large infrastructure projects in various parts of the world, before partly retiring last year. Most importantly of all to me, I am married with two marvellous grown-up children!”

“I am a keen fell-walker, and have a love of the outdoors. I also enjoy reading, and sports in general.”

“I have personal experience of the impact of losing a parent at an early age. The ideas behind Lads Need Dads are truly inspiring, so with the time I now have available, it would be great to make a contribution.”

Rodney Appleyard

Drew

“Hi, I’m Drew, and I am a freelance writer and creative consultant, which has allowed me the opportunity to be a volunteer with Lads Need Dads. Not only have I found the mentoring to have a positive effect on the lads we work with, but also on my own outlook and approach to life. For me volunteering with Lads Need Dads is a win-win situation, both for me and all the great lads that I get to share my time with.”

Mandy Gledhill

Lenny

Lenny is the Daddy of the team at seventy years young! Lenny has joined the team of mentors at Lads Need Dads as he is a musician and wants to inspire the boys to learn to play the guitar. He has played in his own 60’s music rock band for 30 years, playing many venues and still gigs at the weekends. His best memory was playing at the Cavern club in Liverpool.

“I fulfilled a dream and I would love to see the lads achieve theirs”.

Lenny leads a guitar group with the LND once a week but due popular demand will be increasing this to twice a week!

Mandy Gledhill

Mick

A self-confessed petrol head, Mick has a passion for motor-sports and classic cars, travelling and keeping fit. He is a retired Telecoms Manager and father to two girls and grandfather to four grandchildren.  Mick joined the team in Sept 2017 and is already witnessing positive changes in the boys he is working alongside. Mick enjoys sharing his life-skills with the boys and seeing first-hand, their positive impact.

Nigel

Hi I’m Nigel. I’m married and have a daughter of ten and a step son of eight. I am an active dad, with a passion for life and the adventures that are out there waiting to be discovered. My hobbies include water-skiing, cycling, squash and motorsport.

My working career has covered ship building (STS Lord Nelson) to delivering commercial lighting training courses. I enjoy interactive family weekends that include, trips and days out, motorsport events, cycling, as well as board and card games.”

I contacted Lads Need Dads after hearing about the great work the mentors do with the boys such as increasing their engagement in school, leading to improved school-work results as well as the ongoing provision of support to the boys to give them the practical skills they will need as they grow older.

Mandy Gledhill

Pete

“Hi, I’m Pete. I served for 30 years with the London Fire Brigade before retiring in 2016, since then I’ve kept busy by gaining my training and judging qualifications in the sport of CrossFit and tinkering with my old Land Rover.”

“I’ve been married for 28 years and have two beautiful grown up daughters. I first saw the advert for Lads Need Dads on social media and it seemed like such a good idea I decided that I’d like to get involved. I feel really privileged to have been chosen as a mentor and look forward to accompanying the lads on their journey.”

Mandy Gledhill

Richard

Born in the 50’s and having raised 3 boys and been an active Scout Leader for over 40 years, Richard grew up within a supportive, large family environment.

I had a great dad and supportive friends, with teachers and Scout Leaders, to inspire and encourage me. Many boys do not have the same positive experience that I had growing up, so mentoring for Lads Need Dads enables me to be that arm of support and role model that I was fortunate enough as a young man, to experience.”

Richard has a life-long passion for challenging, adventurous activities and the outdoors.

Mandy Gledhill

Scott

“Hi, my name is Scott. I have run my own Personal Training business for nearly twenty years now. Prior to this I served eight years in the British Army as a paramedic. I left the army to bring up my two boys as a single father.”

“They were 2 and 4 back then. Now, they are 24 and 26 and really are a great couple of young men. I wanted to become a mentor with the Lads Need Dads organisation because I think it’s simply amazing and I’d like to pass on some skills, have some fun along the way and help to build some great memories for the lads. I have represented my country and the armed forces at the highest level in sailing. I also love diving, shooting, music and anything outdoors!”

Yas

Yas was Lads Need Dads (LND)’s very first recruit. He grew up in West Yorkshire and moved to Colchester with the army when he was 22, where he served with the parachute regiment, completing tours in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. Yas is married with two children.

 “I joined LND as I was keen to do something worthwhile for the community. I am a big believer in a pound of prevention beats a tonne of cure and this programme is a great way to help young men prepare for the world and do something positive.”

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