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Colin Sure Start, Belfast

Colin Sure Start's Fathers Service

25th Sep 2017

Are you aware that Colin Sure Start provides a dedicated fathers service?

As fathers, you have a special role to play in your children’s life. Being an involved dad can be awkward – but we know that you are up for the challenge for both yourself and your children. When you are actively and responsively involved in your children’s lives we know:

Children that have a responsive and involved dad:

  • Tend to perform better academically
  • Can help to Improve their mental health
  • Are less likely to have behaviour problems
  • Have increased language and communication skills
  • Have higher self-esteem
  • Have better problem solving skills.

As a dad you will also benefit from being involved in children’s lives

  • Stronger and more healthy relationship with you and other family members
  • Feel more able to manage everyday stresses and hassles
  • Feel increased security in other relationships
  • Feel more confident in other aspects of life.

Here at Colin Sure Start we work hard to provide fathers with the support they need to be able to spend quality time with their children. Our Fathers Worker, Paul, is on hand to work with fathers. There are also opportunities for dads to meet other dads and still spend time with their children and develop life skills, receive information and appropriate signposting, health advice and support, exercise and well-being and information around child development and the role they play.

Colin Sure Start have many programmes that dads and children can come along to every day and there are other more specific ones that cater for our dads……

Dads and Active Kids Group - Tuesday Afternoons from 2pm - 3pm, Brooke Activity Centre

Fun activity and free play for dads and kids up to 4yrs. Focus on physical development and basic sports skills. There are bikes, trikes, ride-on cars, balancing, big blocks and ball games. Snack for children provided.  

Colin Fathers Group - Wednesday evenings, 6pm - 7.30pm, fortnightly & some Saturday afternoons

- a new community based fathers group that will offer play activities and projects for dads and kids as well as information and advice sessions for dads on issues such as legal advice/family courts, Housing advice, Health promotion and cooking, Managing separation and much more

Dads Aquababes Baby Swim Programme – 6 session, evening swim programme that develops coordination, muscle tone and confidence and bonding between dad and child.

Incredible Dads Parent Programme - Evenings – 6-8pm

- is a tried and tested parenting programme that offers parents

solutions and advice for many of the difficulties in parenting and child behaviour.         

Dads Cook It! Thursday Afternoons from 1.30-3.30 pm

- A cooking group for dads that looks at preparing healthy family meals on a budget. All equipment and ingredients are provided.  

Parents Anger Management Programme

 - This is an 8-week programme that will look at where anger comes from, the effect that it can have on our family and children, and what we can do about it. The programme is usually offered in the evening from 6-8pm.

Fathers Events –

  • We hold a number of events throughout the year for all our parents and in particular – dads.          

Football Event!   Fathers Day BBQ!    Cooking with Kids!    Parent & Toddlers!      Day out at Colin Allotments!

If you are interested in any of these programmes please get in touch!

Paul Kelly, Fathers Worker @ Colin Sure Start   (028) 90601417 or 07718478340