Our support group for dads in the South Hams, Devon has been working towards creating a “constitution” which spells out what we are, and, as importantly, what we are not.
We would be interested in your views – and of course, you can follow our group on Twitter: SHDadsGroup
A meeting held on Monday evenings where dads experiencing family difficulties (often through divorce/separation) can find support from other dads who are going through the same. As a group we recognise that for many dads, securing a meaningful and ongoing relationship with their children is not always straightforward.
We are a fellowship of fathers. We share our experiences, strength, and hope with each other, so that we may forge and maintain positive and enduring relationships with our children.
We are open to any and all fathers who face issues with parental responsibilities following the break-up of a relationship.
How will we do this?
- a safe space for dads to talk about their emotions
- a listening ear
- group and/or individual support and direction
- company for any dad feeling isolated
- an arena where men can explore solutions to their particular problems through fostering an attitude of co-operation and mutual respect between separated parents.
Given the context of family and relationship breakup, this Group feels that respect for each other, ourselves, and the wider family is important. We try to:
- work through problems rather than dwell on them
- use considered language
- avoid interrupting each other
- keep information heard at the meetings confidential
We see our groups as a “friendly drop-in” rather than a formal meeting, so we tend to avoid paperwork, agendas and the like. That said, each meeting will have one of the group taking the role of Chairman to ensure the ethos of the group is adhered to and a simple structure is followed which enables any dad who wants to speak, can be heard.
Where and When?
Monday evenings at 7.45. We meet at the Red Wizard cafe in Totnes (top of town, next to the Happy Apple). Meetings tend to last for an hour or so. Tea and Coffee is available. Meetings are free, but a donation can be made for refreshments.
For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org