Project Stories

Information about the Dads Can project for professionals and agencies


Our Dads Can project makes it to the UK Housing Awards Final

Dads Can, the Big Lottery funded project that supports fathers and father figures across Monmouthshire and Newport has made it to the final of the UK Housing Awards 2018 in the category of Outstanding Approach to Equality and Diversity. One of our Dads Can families Monmouthshire Housing Association who host the Dads Can project are delighted to have been selected as finalists, John Keegan, CEO said, “It’s great to see the Dads Can service being recognized for the remarkable work they do to address the parental inequalities that exist within society today. Many of the dads we work with have […]

From homelessness to employment

Case study: From homelessness to employment Rob is a new first time dad just out of his teenage years. He engaged with the project when he and his young family found themselves homeless. We supported Rob to identify and access the appropriate services, while providing emotional support alongside this. Soon after Rob engaged with us, he was found a place in a local hostel, which greatly unsettled him, as he feared it wasn’t appropriate for his young son. We spoke with housing and ensured relevant paperwork was submitted in a timely manner, and a family home was offered to him […]

Changing lives one at a time

Case study: Changing lives one at a time Darren engaged with the project as he found out he was a dad when his son was five months old, and presented with anxiety, general support needs, and risky behaviour. The relationship with the partner had ended when she moved to the north of England. Darren was subsequently told he was a dad, which was not only a shock, but also presented him with emotional and practical issues, with his son so far away. We discussed his current situation, Darren had a strong sense of duty to provide financially, as he couldn’t […]

Support around organising his life

We were contacted by Steve who has a 3 year old son. He asked for “support around organising his life”. What he was finding difficult was juggling being a single parent with finding work, retraining, having time to himself and finding the best way to move forward. He worried that as all his time was spent looking after his child, he would find it hard finding a job and earning money to support them both. Steve is a great dad. However he felt like he needed something else, not just for himself, but for his child. He knew that although […]