A frosty start to January 2019 and the Dads Can team hit the ground, well not running but digging actually, which sees a new beginning for MHA’s Dads Can Cymru (DCC) project which got underway in the rural village of Llangynidr. Working alongside two of our volunteer dads, Jason Bennet and Jason Marshal support workers Lee and Shane of the brand new DCC project team turned over a new leaf by working on what we hope to be the first of many environmental projects that will bring long term benefits to many in the communities where they live.

Back when Llangynidr Primary school had approached Monmouthshire Housing Association to see if they could help with some essential clean up and reparation work in their school garden as part of the Capsel Homes, housing development and that’s when the Dads Can Cymru team were asked if they would like to help and guess what, we did! So with our volunteer dads we sprang into action with spades, rakes, rubble bags and wheel barrows to get the site cleared ready for a pre-spring makeover.

We cleared the area of old paving slabs and planters, carried out some repair work on the perimeter fencing, laid weed control membrane and finally covered the site with Bark chippings to give it a great all weather floor cover. The finishing touch was the replacement raised bed planter that we rebuilt to ensure the children had a great place to grow their seeds and plants as part of their curriculum.

The DCC team advocate that nothing beats the outdoors for learning, which is why we were so keen to help with the project. Learning about nature and the environment is exciting, great for mental health and the responsibility of everyone that can contribute to ensure an environmentally educated for generation.

We are now looking at a number of projects that will help to improve the environment and will allow dads and their families to be included in making their part of the world a little better for the community and for wildlife.

The Big Lottery Funded Dads Can Cymru project will run for the next 2 years, working with Dads and their families around issues that affect them such as; mental health, healthy relationships, ACE’s in the home, participation in their community through volunteering and building a more resilient parents.

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