What is a Dads Group?
As fathers and father-figures, it’s too easy to get lost in our other roles and forget what our first job is. Yet it’s the most important job we’ll ever do. Because what we do, or don’t do as dads, has an enormous impact on the happiness and health of the kids we love.
That’s why we’re encouraging dads across Australia be part of our Dads Groups.
The Fathering Project Dads Groups are our core program, and work to build communities of dads within school environments. The groups are a space where fathers and father-figures can spend time quality time with their kids, share their experiences and learn to be the best they can be. Our Dads Groups provide a sense of mate-ship and valuable supports and resources to help fathers up-skill. After all, even the best dads don’t stop learning.
The Dads of Richmond Kids talk about their group
Ongoing Support from Us
Dads Groups are run by dads, for dads, in partnership with schools and with ongoing support from The Fathering Project Team. Once a Dads Group is up and running, we provide ongoing resources and support, helping to build a Dads Group that is valuable for your unique community.
Our staff are available to support you every step of the way, and Group Leaders gain have access to our whole suite of online resources and coordination tools including activities guidelines and research based Fathering Thoughts to share with your group at each activity.
Dads Groups aim to be fun, interactive and supportive, providing a community of like-minded dads with opportunity to discuss and address the importance of being an involved and effective father or father-figure, and creating better outcomes for their kids.
We’re building communities of dads
The key role of the Dads Group is to plan and host activities within their local school community.
The activities undertaken by the Dads Groups typically include:
- Two ‘Dads and Kids’ activities per school year
- Two ‘Dads Only’ activities per school year
- The Fathering Project events
Activities are chosen and planned by the dads in each group. Popular activities include biannual barbecues, camping events and dad catch-ups.
We provide a list of event ideas and planning resources, available for Group Members.
Loftus Primary talk about setting up a Dads Group at their school
Help build our community of dads by placing a Dads Group in every school, workplace and community group across Australia.
If it doesn’t currently exist, you can help activate the Dads Group at the school your child attends. The Fathering Project will work together with you, guiding you through the setup process.