Parenting NI were shortlisted for The People’s Projects 2023 for ‘The Empathy Tent’ project.
This project provides a safe, welcoming space for all to talk and access support from others who have had similar experiences.
The Empathy Tent will travel around Northern Ireland visiting community events, high streets and public spaces for easy access and to improve awareness of poor mental health.
Parenting NI supports dads in Northern Ireland who are separating, separated or currently involved within the courts service.
Parenting NI promotes dads being engaged and involved in their children's lives. The team 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 support team aims to...
How Parenting NI can support you
Programmes that Dads can access
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.
Men's Health Week
The Dads Support Lead, 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:
Lunchtime Learning Webinars
The National Children’s Bureau hosted a series of recorded infant mental health ‘Lunchtime Learning’ webinars on behalf of the Public Health Agency.
Fatherhood - Supporting mum’s mental health and ensuring their child’s socio-emotional wellbeing:
F.I.S.H (Fishing In Support of hope)
Local dad Thomas has been supported by Parenting NI in funding applications to launch his own local fishing services, for those dealing with mental health and addiction.