What is the Ladysmith Dads’ Drop-in Program?
It’s a drop-in event for new dads and their kids that takes place on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon.
A breakfast is served from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Activities and discussion follow from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon.
What is the Purpose of the Program?
To offer new dads a chance to practice new ways of relating to their children, to meet other new dads, and to share information about fathering and parenting in a very low-pressure format.
What are the vision and assumptions informing the Program?
The Dads’ Drop-in Program was started in the belief that skilled father involvement improves outcomes for children, and provides valuable support for mothers, whatever the relationship between mother and father currently is. We believe that fathers can learn the skills needed to nurture their children effectively, and that a father’s interaction with a child often has a different style that is complementary to the style of care a mother gives.
Who Sponsors and Funds the Progam?
The Ladysmith Dads’ Drop-in Program is funded by the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association, the Town of Ladysmith Grants-In-Aid, Province of BC Gaming and the United Way. The LRCA is very grateful for their support.
Who Facilitates the Program?
The Program is facilitated by Dale Gisborne and Ian Groundwater, fathers and strong advocates for developing a community for new fathers.
How do I get Further Information or Join the Program?
New dads wishing to join the group can just come to a Saturday meeting, meet with Dale or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone else interested in learning more about the group, or about helping to support it, is invited to contact Dale in the same way.