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Colin Sure Start, Belfast

Fathers, Grandfathers and Male Carer's Services

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, Antoine O'Finnagain 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……

Physical Activity Programmes for Dads and Kids Together

Dads Digging Group - up in the Colin Allotments we have a plot for growing plants and vegetables. Our dads group meets weekly with their children to work on this plot and do outdoor, physical play activities that involve planting, growing and the outdoors! To find out more contact Antoine on 90601417

Fun activities and free play for dads and kids up to 4yrs. Focus on activity, physical development and basic sports skills. A healthy snack is provided. 

Fathers / Male Carers training and parent support programmes

We offer Paediatric First Aid awareness courses for dads and male carers, parent support courses and programmes which can help parents to understand child behaviour and how to manage it, supporting early brain development, handling tantrums, managing frustration 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.

Dads Cooking Programmes

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

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! Antoine is our Father's Worker and works with Fathers, Grandfathers and Male carers - getting involved is really easy and children really benefit from dads being engaged in the Early Years!

Contact Antoine on 02890601417 or 07407680436

11th Jun 2021