The Fathering Project expands into 2019


The Fathering Project is pleased to announce it has secured support and financial backing for its national expansion program – to be rolled out over the next five years.

The expansion will allow The Fathering Project to reach even more Australian families and children, impacting positively on social issues including mental health, family violence, substance abuse and general wellbeing.

Project CEO Wayne Bradshaw said the organisation was looking forward to increasing its impact on the present and future of Australia.

“We know, and the research shows, that an effective father-figure has a huge impact on a child throughout their youth and into adulthood,” he said.

The national expansion has been made possible by a $5.4 million federal government investment, representing one-third of the five year budget.

The Fathering Project will fund the rest of the expanded operations through events, program fees, corporate sponsors and philanthropy.

The Fathering Project plans to roll out its core Dads Group program nationwide whilst building towards financial self-sufficiency over five years.

The federal funding was announced on Thursday (January 10) by the Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher, who emphasised The Fathering Project’s preventative approach to social issues.

“Through initiatives like their Dads Group program, The Fathering Project takes a preventative approach that seeks to stop or reduce problems before they occur,” Mr Fletcher said.

Mr Bradshaw said the preventative approach was a key part of the Project’s philosophy.

“We turn off the tap rather than mopping up the water,” he said.

“If we can ensure kids have the best chance of a positive and stable upbringing then we can reduce the likelihood of adverse issues arising in childhood, through adolescence and into adulthood.”

Additional quotes from The Fathering Project CEO Wayne Bradshaw: 

“Our core mission is to inspire and equip fathers and father-figures to be effectively involved with the kids in their lives, and consequently improve outcomes for young people.”

“We seek to encourage and support Dads to be they can be.”

The Fathering Project background:

Founded in 2013 by Professor Bruce Robinson in Western Australia, The Fathering Project has since expanded operations to New South Wales and Victoria.

The Project aims to connect with fathers and father-figures, encouraging them to positively engage with the children in their lives – for the benefit of the kids.

Dads Groups are The Fathering Project’s core activity and are established within school communities across the country. The groups provide a safe, inclusive and positive environment where father-figures can learn, share, grow and connect with each other, and their kids.

The Fathering Project conducts research, evaluating its programs as well as looking more broadly into societal trends and issues that impact fatherhood.

The Fathering Project prides itself on its ability to gather and connect men – and is increasingly doing so through events as well as online, where fathers and TFP supporters can log on to and browse tips and resources.

The Fathering Project also shares its message across social media, publishing regular tips and information to keeps fathers inspired and encouraged.


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