“An excellent example of a passionate, committed service that impacts directly within the heart of society. Both pro-active and supportive for families, the work of the organisation is outcome based and reflective of family need. I personally valued all of the protective factors that were outlined to me as a parent of three boys.”
Family Support Worker
Lads Need Dads recognise that being a single parent of teenage boys can be challenging and therefore our service does not only support boys, but also supports the mum or carer. Some mums may have issues they may be struggling with themselves, alongside the challenges of raising a family alone. It is important that the wellbeing of the parent and carer be taken into consideration as this can impact on the wellbeing of the child.
Our family worker provides weekly telephone / zoom support and signposting to every mum and carer with a boy on our programme. We are also growing a team of family support volunteers so that we can extend the service we provide.
Parents and carers are encouraged to attend workshops on understanding and managing behaviour, de-escalation techniques, attachment, the teenage brain, understanding the teenage boy journey and much more. These workshops are free to parents and carers of with boys on the Lads Need Dads Programme.
Lads Need Dads offer structured conflict mediation sessions to families experiencing conflict and crisis in the home. Sometimes a third party from outside the home that all parties know and trust, can provide a non-bias and listening ear to help establish a way forward. The mentors who provide this service have undergone external specialist training with the Essex and Restorative mediation Service.
Parents and carers of boys on our programmes can join a private Facebook group which updates them on what is covered in the group work sessions. It is also an excellent opportunity for mums and carers of each cohort to engage and support each other.
If you would like to find out more or have any questions regarding our family support please contact us.