Dads’ ‘life changing’ project on TV show
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘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