Dads Project

The Dads Walk - let's all celebrate together

A BIG thank you to everyone who came along and got involved in our Dads Walk on Saturday 18th June 2022. 

Two walks took place - one along the Lagan Tow Path Belfast and one between the two bridges walk along the River Foyle, Derry/Londonderry.   

This was an opportunity to show support for the Dads Project and to help raise awareness of support needed for dads in Northern Ireland. There is still time to make a donation - if you would like to donate to Parenting NI’s Dads Project please follow this link:


The Dads Project supports dads in Northern Ireland who are separating, separated or currently involved within the courts service.

The Dads Project promotes dads being engaged and involved in their children's lives. This project will help you to develop more confidence in your parenting ability and to build  positive connections with other dads in a similar position in your community. 

An element of the Dads Project is to support single/separated mums through the provision of a ‘Parenting Apart Programme’ so that they too feel better informed as to how best to support their children during and after a separation. 

The Dads Project aims to...

Provide services to empower and support separated dads

Promote the importance of children having an ongoing relationship with their dad

Provide dads with knowledge, information and choices

Influence policy change to ensure dads are considered on an equal basis to mothers

Promote children's rights to having access to both parents

Educate professionals about the importance of ongoing engagement with dads

How the Dads Project can support you

Build your confidence
The Dads Project aims to help develop your confidence and build positive connections in your community.
At our Dads Talk Group you have the opportunity to share your circumstances with other dads & explore solutions.
Dads workshops

Come along to a workshop or programme to increase your skills as a parent and this will help support and improve your relationship with your child.

Programmes the Dads Project offers

Parenting Apart

Duration: 6 weeks
Aim: To support you in minimising the impact of separation on children

Providing practical guidance on how to talk to your children about separation and how you can help them adapt to the changes ahead.

The programme will help you to focus on your child's needs and to explore your changing role and responsibilities as a parent.

Fathers and Families

Duration: 6 weeks
Aim: To promote positive parenting skills to fathers

This programme is for anyone in a fathering role. The programme gives you the skills to use a positive parenting approach and emphasises the important role fathers play in their children's lives.

The programme is interactive, fun and an opportunity for fathers to build a support network.


Our quarterly newsletters give you an insight into what the Dads Project has been up to. Click on the images below to download each edition.



Men's Health Week 2020

The Dads Project Coordinator, Cahir Murray spoke to Glenn Hinds about a range of things relating to men and dads, including their emotional wellbeing for a piece on his website. You can listen to the conversation on the link below:

Tips for Dads