List Of UK Charities Supporting Dads And Fathers

Like many, I’m well aware that we’re in a fortunate – and privileged – position as a family. I worry about things, but in comparison to others who are less fortunate, the stuff on my mind is arguably trivial, mundane and hardly a matter of life or death.

I don’t have to think about how to pay for our next food shop or what happens if we can’t make our next mortgage payment. I’ve not had to live with the death of a child, a debilitating disability or suffered from mental health problems. I’ve not had to deal with prejudices, sexism or racism, mainly because I’m a straight, white man.

But hundreds of thousands of other people have to deal with things like this on a day to day basis. Whether it’s illness, skin colour, sexual preference, luck or situation, the reality for a lot of people is that they have to live an unfair life. That’s not right.

I’ll hold my hands up and say that I should know more and should do more. I could say why I haven’t, but they’re likely to read as excuses rather than reasons. That being said, I’m not totally naive or uneducated. Over recent years, particularly due to the kids, I’ve tried to expand my knowledge and understanding.

Most of my learning – rightly or wrongly – comes from the TV. Documentaries and real-life stories account for a reasonable percentage of what we watch. This, in turn, helps to shine light on others who are experiencing things that I’ve not experienced.

Some of the programmes that have stuck with me over recent months include Dispatches’ Growing Up Poor: Britain’s Breadline Kids, Rio Ferdinand’s two documentaries Being Mum And Dad and Becoming A Family, as well as the two Prince William documentaries A Royal Team Talk: Tackling Mental Health and Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health.

It’s not much, but prior to lockdown, I tried to give a bit more. We set up a monthly donation to The Trussell Trust, I decided to donate annually to a yet unidentified charity in memory of my dad who passed away last year, and I was just about to start volunteering with a local homelessness charity until the impacts of coronavirus and lockdown unfortunately put an end to that.

In considering other ways I can help – particularly around having a recognised blog and social media following – I thought it might be useful to pull together a list of charities. The idea being to create a resource for those seeking support, as well as raise awareness and (hopefully) donations for the charities.

There are obviously loads of brilliant charities out there covering a plethora of topics and niches. In the parenting space alone, you have the likes of The Lullaby Trust, Sands, Trussell Trust, Tommy’s, NCT, Family Fund and Home Start all doing great jobs to support families.

What I wanted to do though was draw attention to some of the smaller, more niche charities out there. As a dad myself, highlighting those that are working for – and on behalf of – current and future dads made most sense. As such, below you’ll find a list of charities that are focused on boys, men, dads and fatherhood:

(Just to note, this isn’t an exhaustive list. I’ve tried to just focus on charities that do a large part of their work on behalf of men and dads, so I’m aware that it might exclude some organisations, programmes and charities. Please let me know if you think I’ve missed something.)

List Of Men / Dad Charities In The UK

  • CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) – Provide suicide support and prevention services, with an emphasis on men under 45, which includes a helpline and webchat for people in crisis, support services for those impacted by suicide, as well as running awareness campaigns.  You can find out more about CALM here and donate here.

 

  • Dads House – Support single dads through advice, information, a foodback and events (days out, cooking classes etc) to ensure that children remain the priority after divorce, separation or bereavement. You can find out more about Dads House here and donate here.

 

  • Dads In Mind – Provide support for dads experiencing mental health concerns related to pregnancy and birth, as well as support for dads with unwell partners, across Bristol, Bath, North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire through one-to-one and group sessions. You can find out more about Dads In Mind here and donate (via Bluebell Care) here.

 

  • Dad Matters – Help dads in the Greater Manchester area to have successful relationships with their families and provide support, primarily during the antenatal period, with attachment, anxiety, stress, mental health issues and access to services. You can find out more about Dad Matters here and donate (via Home-Start Oldham, Stockport and Thameside) here.

 

  • Dads Rock – Improve outcomes for children across Scotland by inspiring dads and families through work in schools, workshops (antenatal, hairstyle, first aid, cycling etc), music tuition and playgroups. You can find out more about Dads Rock here and donate here.

 

  • Dads United – Support dads with practical advice and guidance on parenting, separation, divorce, mental and physical health, as well as provide access to a community of other dads, counselling, mediation and workshops. You can find out more about Dads United here and donate here.

 

  • DadsWork – Support fathers and male care givers in East Lothian by providing support groups, positive parenting classes, workshops on the role of fathers, home visits, trips and outings for fathers and their children. Find out more about DadsWork here.

 

  • Families Need Fathers – Support dads, mums and grandparents to have personal contact and meaningful relationships with their children following parental separation by offering information, advice and support services on how to do the best for their children. You can find out more about Families Need Fathers here and donate here.

 

  • Fathers4Justice – Support single dads and campaign for positive changes in UK legislation for father’s rights on topics like shared parenting, fatherlessness and anti-male discrimination. You can find out more about Fathers4Justice here and donate here.

 

  • Future Men – Support boys, men, dads and dads-to be through a range of services, including workshops, classes and influencing policy and practice, to create a better future for every boy, every man and everyone. You can find out more about Future Men here and donate here.

 

  • Lads Need Dads – Help prevent potential problems, and address existing ones, for boys aged 11 to 15 years old who are missing a father-figure in their lives by providing positive male role models from the Essex community through mentoring, support, life-skills training and outdoor activities. You can find out more about Lads Need Dads here and donate here.

 

  • Leeds Dads – Support dads and male carers with pre-school kids  by providing regular playgroups, social events and information in the Leeds area. You can find out more about Leeds Dads here and donate (via Leeds Christian Community Trust) here.

 

  • MAN&BOY – Offer opportunities (weekend camping adventures, activity courses and mentoring etc) designed to build trust and confidence and create strong and positive relationships between men and boys. You can find out more about MAN&BOY here and donate here.

 

  • Men’s Health Forum – Seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of men and boys by providing the information, services and treatments they need to live healthier, longer and more fulfilling lives. You can find out more about Men’s Health Forum here and donate here.

 

  • North East Young Dads and Lads – Supports North East young dads, fathers-to-be and vulnerable young men to play an active and meaningful role in the lives of their children, within families and wider society through individual and group help. You can find out more about NEYDL here.

 

  • OnlyDads – Support parents who are looking to make the best decisions for their family during separation and divorce, by providing information, a live-chat facility, an email exchange service and access to a network of legal and mediation experts. You can find out more about OnlyDads here and donate here.

 

  • Proud 2 b Parents – Deliver all inclusive services in Greater Manchester to support gay, bisexual and trans dads / parents and foster carers alongside the wider LGBT+ parent / carer community and their children, including training, information, support, regular events and meet ups. You can find out more about Proud2bParents here.

 

  • Young Parents Programme (Romsey Mill) – Provides intensive personal, educational and parenting support for teenage and young parents in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire, including one-to-one and group support for young fathers. You can find out more about Romsey Mill Young Parents Programme here and donate here.

 

  • Sands United – Provide a way for dads and other bereaved family members to come together through a shared love of sport and find a support network where they can feel at ease talking about their grief when they’re ready. You can find out more about Sands United here and donate here.

 

  • Storybook Dads – Enable families to reconnect through the magic of storytelling by helping parents in prison record bedtime stories and messages for their children on CD / DVD, whilst also providing workshops so that prisoners can create other personalised gifts (pop-up books, memory books, calendars, comics) for their children. You can find out more about Storybook Dads here and donate here.

 

  • The Fatherhood Institute – Independent ‘think-and-do-tank’ promoting involved fatherhood via new policy, research, consultancy and evidence-based interventions. You can find out more about The Fatherhood Institute here and donate here.

 

  • Who Let The Dads Out? – Provide regular playgroups, social events and days out across the country to allow fathers and father figures to spend quality time with their children. You can find out more about Who Let The Dads Out here and donate (via Care For The Family) here.

 

  • Yorkey Dads – Connect dads, stepdads grandads, carers and soon-to-be dads in the York area through meet ups, activities, events, classes and online support. You can find out more about Yorkey Dads here.

 

  • Young Dads Collective –  Improve the lives of young dads and their children by tackling the social exclusion that locks out young dads’ potential. You can find out more about Young Dads Collective here and donate (via Coram) here.

 

(Just to note, this isn’t an exhaustive list. I’ve tried to just focus on charities that do a large part of their work on behalf of men and dads, so I’m aware that it might exclude some organisations, programmes and charities. Please let me know if you think I’ve missed something.)

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