Our Impact

Statistics show that young boys who have no appropriate male role model, can struggle as teenagers and are at a higher risk of low self-esteem, dropping out of education, engaging in anti-social behaviour, substance abuse and crime.

The impact of the absent father on boys follows them into adulthood. These boys are at risk of growing into men who have problems with behaviour, emotional stability, relationships with significant others and even their own children.

We exist to address this huge social issue.

Boys with absent fathers often share some of the following struggles:

Anger – bouts of rage

Lack of confidence

Feeling rudderless / lost

Feelings of unworthiness


Poor judge of character

Crisis of Identity

Low self Esteem

Risky Behaviours

Anxiety / Depression



Need to prove self

A need to belong

Lack of motivation

Sense of rejection

We Support:

  • Boys aged 11-15 with absent fathers or limited access to a supportive male role model
  • Single mums with sons
  • Early intervention with schools

How we Support:

  • A male-led group Mentoring Programme
  • Bush-craft survival training and outdoor activities
  • Practical life-skills training
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Leadership and Peer mentoring

Our USP’s:

  • Long-term early intervention 18-month Programme
  • Graduates of programme become ambassadors
  • Equip and train men from the community to be effective mentors
  • Conflict mediation
  • Breaking the cycle

Our 7 Areas of Focus

Self esteem

How much you appreciate and like yourself. Self-respect. Confidence in your own abilities


The way in which we act or conduct ourselves, especially towards others

Emotional literacy

Recognition of our own and others feelings and when and how to express the emotions we feel


How we communicate, trust, respect and support others


The driving force which promotes action

School habits

Organisation, attention in class, following instructions, school attendance .


Feeling sure about yourself and your abilities

Our Outcome Journey


  • Self-development group-work programme
  • Outdoor activities
  • Shared personal experience
  • Increased self esteem, confidence, motivation, resilience, management of emotions, increased academic engagement
  • Increased emotional intelligence


  • Practical life-skill training
  • Introduction to new skills
  • Increased communication skills, team work and motivation
  • Engagement in outside clubs
  • Engagement with the local community
  • Increased responsibility


  • Peer mentoring
  • Visit inspiring places
  • Hear from inspirational male speakers
  • Sustain changes gained on Equip and Engage


  • Leadership opportunities
  • Volunteering and ambassador opportunities
  • On-going support

Wider Impact

• Improved mental health for a high-risk gender
• Reduction in anti-social behaviour and crime
• Increased school attendance and engagement
• Reduction in school exclusion rates
• Increased community cohesion