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Advocacy2019-11-07T10:05:34+00:00

With the right tools and support it is our belief that young men are best placed to effectively identify, challenge and overcome the social, cultural, environmental and economic barriers they face. Consistent with this belief and our progress towards an Asset Based Community Development model, we are enabling young men to collectively share their experiences, stories and learning, support their peers, challenge mistreatment and improve mainstream service provision.

Here are a few examples of our recent advocacy work:

With the right tools and support it is our belief that young men are best placed to effectively identify, challenge and overcome the social, cultural, environmental and economic barriers they face. Consistent with this belief and our progress towards an Asset Based Community Development model, we are enabling young men to collectively share their experiences, stories and learning, support their peers, challenge mistreatment and improve mainstream service provision.

Here are a few examples of our recent advocacy work:

Supporting young fathers in the Social Care arena
In their encounters with Social Worker professionals, young men often tell us that their views, experiences, feelings and support needs are overlooked, leaving them feeling powerless, demotivated and frustrated. As a result, young men often withdraw from crucial processes and decisions involving their children, leading to paternal absence, adverse childhood experiences, parental relationship breakdown and a catalogue of associated social, economic and emotional costs. Responding to this issue, our young fathers regularly provide CPD to undergraduate and masters level Social Work students and Early Help Team professionals.

Supporting young fathers in the Social Care arena
In their encounters with Social Worker professionals, young men often tell us that their views, experiences, feelings and support needs are overlooked, leaving them feeling powerless, demotivated and frustrated. As a result, young men often withdraw from crucial processes and decisions involving their children, leading to paternal absence, adverse childhood experiences, parental relationship breakdown and a catalogue of associated social, economic and emotional costs. Responding to this issue, our young fathers regularly provide CPD to undergraduate and masters level Social Work students and Early Help Team professionals.

Film Projects
Supported by community film-makers, our young dads have gained expertise in film making and animation, leading to the production of the following 3 short films:

Film Projects
Supported by community film-makers, our young dads have gained expertise in film making and animation, leading to the production of the following 3 short films:

Focusing on Fatherhood – Capturing young men’s journeys to fatherhood using their own words and animation.

Finding Fathers – The findings of a regional peer research study to determine the regional support needs of young men facing fatherhood.

Lads, Dads & Loneliness – The findings of a peer research study investigating young men’s (aged 14-25) experiences of loneliness in the most deprived wards of Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside and possible solutions to this problem.

Focusing on Fatherhood – Capturing young men’s journeys to fatherhood using their own words and animation.

Finding Fathers – The findings of a regional peer research study to determine the regional support needs of young men facing fatherhood.

Lads, Dads & Loneliness – The findings of a peer research study investigating young men’s (aged 14-25) experiences of loneliness in the most deprived wards of Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside and possible solutions to this problem.

Focusing on Fatherhood – Capturing young men’s journeys to fatherhood using their own words and animation.

Finding Fathers – The findings of a regional peer research study to determine the regional support needs of young men facing fatherhood.

Lads, Dads & Loneliness – The findings of a peer research study investigating young men’s (aged 14-25) experiences of loneliness in the most deprived wards of Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside and possible solutions to this problem.

International Social Work training – In addition to the 3 films listed above, our young dads and project staff recently featured in an international training film for Social Workers to be released by Sage Publishing.

International Social Work training – In addition to the 3 films listed above, our young dads and project staff recently featured in an international training film for Social Workers to be released by Sage Publishing.

International Social Work training – In addition to the 3 films listed above, our young dads and project staff recently featured in an international training film for Social Workers to be released by Sage Publishing.

Dad2Dad Peer Mentoring
We are currently working with Dr Phil Heslop of Northumbria University to devise and trial a pioneering peer mentoring project that will enable young dads already supported by NEYDL to reach and be-friend other young men facing fatherhood across the region. Our end goal is to establish a vibrant, highly skilled and self sustaining network of peer mentors and be-frienders.

Dad2Dad Peer Mentoring
We are currently working with Dr Phil Heslop of Northumbria University to devise and trial a pioneering peer mentoring project that will enable young dads already supported by NEYDL to reach and be-friend other young men facing fatherhood across the region. Our end goal is to establish a vibrant, highly skilled and self sustaining network of peer mentors and be-frienders.

North East Young Dads & Lads Project
C/o Dunston Drop-In Youth Centre
Unit 2 Clockmill Road, Dunston,
Gateshead, NE8 2QX

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Charity No: 1172924
Company No: CE009920

Dedicated to helping young men play an active and meaningful role in the lives of their children

Dedicated to helping young men play an active and meaningful role in the lives of their children