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What is Dads Matter?

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions we are offering virtual sessions at this time. If you have any questions or wish to come along, email dadsmatter@norfolk.gov.uk.

Who is the course for?

  • Most of the dads taking part have a child open to Early Help or Social care, but they don’t have to be.
  • Dads can refer themselves or can be referred by their social worker or another agency such as Housing, Health and Education.

What is the course like?

  • It gets dads talking to each other
  • It runs for 12 weeks and each weekly session is two hours long
  • The sessions are run by two male Dads Matter Facilitators who are experienced in leading group work
  • The course is held in the evening and afternoons in different venues across Norfolk

What will we cover?

  • We will look at many aspects of child development to understand why children behave as they do – from the terrible twos to troubled teens
  • We will use practical tools and explore techniques such as mindfulness to help us manage our own and our children’s behaviour and emotions
  • Each week there will be opportunities to reflect and share our experiences with the group and get support from other dads
  • Example of the subjects we cover in this course content video The Horse and Jockey

Find out more about what you will learn in course information.

Meet the group leaders

Travis Britton has worked for children’s services supporting families for 15 years. He is a son and an uncle.

Chris Dickerson has worked for children’s services supporting families for 18 years. He is a dad, a son, an uncle, a musician, an actor and a gardener.

They created Dads Matter to support Dads to be the best Dad they can be, because dads do Matter.

In 2019, Travis and Chris were given an Outstanding Contribution Award for Target to Transformation for their work setting up Dads Matter.

Dads Matter leaders, Chris Dickerson and Travis Britton, receiving a Norfolk County Council Outstanding Contributions Award from Tom McCabe
Dads Matter leaders, Chris Dickerson, receiving a Norfolk County Council Outstanding Contributions Award.

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