Dads’ ‘life chang­ing’ project on TV show

Middleton Guardian - - THE LAUGHING BADGER - JON MACPHER­SON

AN in­spi­ra­tional project aimed at get­ting strug­gling dads to sup­port each other through par­ent­hood has fea­tured on BBC TV’s The One Show.

‘Dadly Does It’ in Mid­dle­ton was set up ear­lier this year to help fa­thers of all ages work to­gether to re­solve their prob­lems and to make their chil­dren’s lives bet­ter.

Run by so­cial en­ter­prise Un­lim­ited Po­ten­tial, ‘Dadly Does It’ was first started in Sal­ford be­fore ex­pand­ing to Lan­g­ley.

The activities in­clude Satur­day dads and kids clubs, dad-led bike rides and com­pe­ti­tions for lo­cal chil­dren to say why their fa­ther is the best in town.

BBC pre­sen­ter Kevin Duala vis­ited the Lan­g­ley project for The One Show and spoke to fa­thers in­volved in the scheme.

Dad-of-three Alex McCraw said: “At the start, I strug­gled to so­cialise just tak­ing my kids to the park. But just talk­ing to some­body who has been there, got the T-shirt and can re­late to how you feel makes a mas­sive dif­fer­ence.

“My son said I want to be like you. The first time he said it al­most brought me to tears, the fact that I’ve gone from sit­ting in the house to my son want­ing to be like me. There’s no greater feel­ing.

“We deal with dads of all ages, with all ages of kids. You’ve got that knowl­edge which you can share with them and help maybe make their lives a lit­tle eas­ier.”

Anthony Wright said: “My strug­gle was that I couldn’t bond with my kids. Through open­ing up to the guys I man­aged to take that fear away.”

Heather Henry, project man­ager at Un­lim­ited Po­ten­tial, said the scheme has been ‘lifechang­ing’.

She said: “I think if you’re ex­pect­ing fa­thers to come to you, you are go­ing to be wait­ing a very long time for those one’s that are really hard to reach.

“The im­pact on the fa­thers that have been closely in­volved has been life-chang­ing.”

Chris Dabbs, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Un­lim­ited Po­ten­tial, said: “This is great recog­ni­tion of ev­ery­thing that the fa­thers are achiev­ing.

“As Ray Win­stone said on the pro­gramme, ‘You’ve got to have a rea­son to get up in the morn­ing.’ That is what the fa­thers are giv­ing them­selves.”

‘Dadly Does It’ is en­cour­ag­ing any man in a fa­ther role in Lan­g­ley, Lit­tle Hul­ton or Win­ton to get in touch, ei­ther to of­fer help or to get sup­port.

Call John Hor­rocks on 07795 284146 or email john.hor­rocks@un­lim­it­ed­po­ten­tial.org.uk.

‘We deal with dads of all ages, with all ages of kids’

James Cam­mell lead­ing a fam­ily bike ride as part of the Dadly Does It project.

Anthony Wright, Steve Mort­lock, BBC pre­sen­ter Kevin Duala and Alex McCraw out­side the An­gel Project Com­mu­nity Café in Lan­g­ley

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