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In 2017 we were nominated for the High Sheriff Managing Volunteers Award, evidence that we are good practitioners and manage and support our volunteers as well as appreciate the important contribution they make to our organisation.

Flexible Mentoring Opportunities

Lads Need Dads recognises that we all lead busy lives. That is why we pride ourselves on being able to provide flexible volunteering opportunities that work around people’s daily commitments.

We are able to provide volunteering opportunities during the day and school holidays with our Equip Programme, and during the evenings and weekends with our Engage Programme and Inspire Programme.

You do not have to have worked with young people before to volunteer with us, or be a ‘dad’, but an understanding and passion about our cause is essential. We look for male volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and skill-sets. For example; for our Engage Programme we seek men who have practical life-skills they can teach the boys, these may include:

  • Car maintenance
  • Bike repairs
  • Painting and decorating
  • Woodwork
  • DIY

Listen to what volunteers have to say about being a mentor.

For our Equip Programme we find that men who have excellent active listening skills and the ability to draw alongside people, are suited to this role and the bush-craft and outdoor activities often attract the more outdoor type / ex-services for example!

Not only can we guarantee a huge amount of personal satisfaction but volunteering also makes you more employable according to The Institute for Volunteering Research.

The intensive training Lads Need Dads provides, equips our volunteers with numerous opportunities, should they wish to seek a career within Health and Social Care field, Youth Work, Psychology / Criminology.


Lads Need Dads are looking to grow its team of male volunteers who have skills in Bushcraft survival.

Skills include:

  • Shelter Building
  • Knots & Rope Work
  • Safe Use & Maintenance Of Cutting Tools
  • Tracking & Nature Awareness
  • Woodcrafts
  • Natural Navigation Techniques
  • Fire Lighting Techniques
  • Plants & Tree Recognition & Uses
  • Foraging Skills
  • Wilderness Cooking Skills
  • Map & Compass Skills

If you have any of these skills and would like to put them into practice by volunteering for our project, we would love to hear from you!

Contact: or 07553 618033 for more information.



If fishing is your hobby or passion and you would like to share this with our young men and you live locally (Tendring / Colchester) then please get in touch.

All interested parties will be need to go through our safer recruitment procedures, application, interview, references, training and enhanced DBS.

We look forward to hearing from you!

What training do mentors receive?

All mentors undergo enhanced DBS checks, reference checks and specialist training.

Training covered includes:

  • The role of a mentor
  • The Price of Patriarchy
  • Active listening skills
  • Adolescence and the teenage brain
  • Understanding Attachment theory
  • The role of the Father
  • The impact of the absent father
  • Understanding complex behaviour
  • De-escalation techniques
  • Confidentiality
  • Safeguarding
  • Boundaries
  • Code of conduct

All mentors receive on-going, regular supervision and travel expenses.