The Fathering Families Project is a Big Lottery funded Project aimed at supporting those who parent pre-birth to 12 year old children. Focusing on men who fulfil the role as a social father. A Social Father is a man who has a biological or non-biological responsibility for children and can include a

  • Grandfather
  • Uncle
  • Brother
  • Cousin
  • Or other male person
They fulfill this fathering role within a family unit often in the absence of a biological father.

Our Formal Partner within the project is Fermanagh Women's Aid, who will provide bespoke support activities to mothers and children who have experienced domestic violence and who are now connected to or living with a social father. Mothers and children, through Fermanagh Women's Aid, will be able to access elements which focus on bringing the family unit closer together.

The Fathering Families Project - A Holistic Approach

The Fathering Families [FF] Project has been developed and facilitated by Men’s Action Network [MAN] as the lead partner with collaboration from Fermanagh Women's Aid [FWA] as a formal partner. It is funded through the Community Fund’s Supporting Families Fund which has a specific aim to support families in Northern Ireland to improve their children’s lives by building strong and nurturing relationships.

Attached is the recent report into the project and its stated aims.

Helping us in our work we would like to acknowledge the support of:

National Lottery Community Fund

A Lottery grants programme that funds small, community-based projects across the UK. Fathering Families funded for five years.

Fermanagh Women's Aid

Formal partner in the Fathering Families project. Support activities to mothers and children living with a social father