Dads Unlimited is a wonderful charity that supports dads who are going through or have been through a relationship breakdown with the aim of improving the lives for the children of separated parents.
They provide many services such as, 1-1 mentoring, mental health counselling, co-parenting classes, support group meetings, family liaison within schools, family court support and have their own Barrister representation service on standby and they host regular community events to come together and reduce the feelings of isolation and loneliness.
To support separated parents and their children, the charity hosts a Family Film Club at the PictureHouse on Elwick Road in Ashford that is free on entry and gives the opportunity to watch a newly released movie.
The charity also hosts support group meetings at on the last Friday of every month at the Repton Connect Community Centre on Repton Avenue in Ashford which starts at 19:00 and finishes at 21:00. Tea and coffee are provided at the support group meetings.
Dads that are in need of mental health counselling are enrolled on a 6-session programme where they will be monitored by the charity’s’ very own mental health counsellor.
Not only is the charity known for supporting dads but it is also known for supporting mums as it believes in fairness and respect.
In the UK, the biggest cause of death in under 45’s is from suicide and Kent has a higher rate than any of county. Many of the dads that have come to the charity have felt suicidal, most suffer from depression, the feeling of being isolated and hopeless. The charity wants to supply mental health counselling to dads, so that they can feel less suicidal etc., without the difficulty of having to go through their G.P. or having to find the funds for it often.
To do so, the charity wishes to raise a total of £3000 to be able to offer mental health counselling and to be able to monitor their results from enough individuals to prove how their client’s mental health has improved by measuring their scores through the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS).
The Walker Construction Trust has donated a total of £1000 to Dads Unlimited to help fund their target goal and in turn help fund mental health counselling.