I am in the process of starting up a single dads club.
My 4 year old son came to live with me last year full-time, then June this year I broke up with my partner. I was like a rabbit in the headlights, not having a clue what was out there for me. I had used Gingerbread to help me find other agencies, but there seems so much for single mums, and us dingle dad, don’t seem to exist. The biggest issue I found was my life was amazing because it was all for my son, but once he was asleep, the loneliness set in, there was no one out there to talk to, I once was so low, I telephoned the samaritans, as the only service that was available. I felt so guilty telephoning the samaritans as someone far more needing may need their help.
I noticed I was giving my son everything, but I was to exhausted to think about myself, and noticed my mental and physical wellness took a drop. I aiming to have a safe place for dads and their kids to meet. I really would love it to be in conjunction with a plot of land to grow food on. I want to offer out of hours support line, to to have someone to chat with after the children have gone to sleep. Also a weekly or monthly family activity or outing to keep us active and networking with other dads and the community.
I would really welcome other single dad’s Ideas and input. would you willing to help me by answering some questions please let me know, or if you just like someone to chat with, you are not alone.