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Viva La Dads Revolution. 

‘Dad La Soul’ is a monthly run,  Saturday morning club for dads, step-dads, male careers, granddads and their kids.

Activities include everything from film, music and zombie mask making, to DJ and circus skills workshops soft play, science lessons, crafting, games and adventures from the TotRockinBeats broom-cupboard.

Most importantly each of the events is staffed on a voluntary basis and taught by the dads themselves.

‘Dad La Soul’ is based an old folks day centre, so those older fellas with additional needs, or perhaps don’t have a family but do have amazing stories and skills to share, can join in.

Once you’ve seen a 4-year-old make friends with an 84-year-old, sit side-by-side, giggle, while collaborating on a project and their dads relax and get to show-off hidden talents, you’ll wonder why this isn’t more commonplace.

THIS IS WHO WE ARE:

  • We are the dad that commutes all week long – he doesn’t see his kids during the week and hates it,
  • We are the dad whose only social life revolved around the friends their partners had made on the playground,
  • We are the step-dad that finds himself struggling as he tries to build relationships with his new family,
  • We are the dad that is adopting and trying to get to grips challenges that, that brings,
  • We are the separated dad who only sees his kids at weekends, and chokes back the feelings that he doesn’t feel allowed to talk about, because ‘real men’ don’t,
  • We are the dad who isn’t afraid to change a nappy yet finds it hard to take his kids out because all the changing facilities are in women’s toilets,
  • We are the stay-at-home Dad who yearns for time with ‘the lads’.

So that is our aim, we intend to build a national and even an international network of these clubs, so our fellow dads who feel the same way have a place they can call their own.

“We as a society try and run before we can walk. Our shifting perception of what a dad’s role is in a modern family is overdue, but without fundamental changes to society’s approach, we won’t create the support network for dads to be the modern version that we hope they can be, instead of setting them up for failure.

Filming this episode, I left feeling overwhelmingly appreciative of the fact that in Britain we have figures like Dan who are ready to take up a cause when they see a situation that isn’t working – and that they try to make a difference”.

John Johnson – Senior Editor: Huffington Post.

Dad La Soul provides socially rich, educational exchanges between men and their families, of varying ability, from different generations, backgrounds, socio-economic positions and cultures.

We work alongside a number of other non-profit organisations including Guildcare and CALM (The Campaign Against Living Miserably) one of the UK’s leading male suicide prevention charities, to help encourage men to talk.

The name ‘Dad La Soul’ is a direct homage to the classic Hip-Hop group ‘De La Soul’. Their name in Spanish translates to ‘from the soul’. So, ‘Dad La Soul’ means ‘from the dad’.

In the late 80s ‘De La Soul’s inclusive yet revolutionary attitude, made it OK to be different, stand out from the crowd and more importantly stand for something positive.

Now 30 years later, those ideas that changed us, as teenagers are something we as fathers want to teach our children.

Check out our next event below and if you would like to launch a ‘Dad La Soul’ in your town or city, give our Head Boy, Dan a shout.

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