Dads House aim is to make sure children remain the priority after divorce, separation or bereavement.
We will help all Dads in need but can not assist anyone that has been charged with any physical/verbal abuse of their children/partner.
There are many ways in which we help dads and families, including offering emotional support, combating loneliness and isolation by being available to chat with Dads on the phone or in-person at our drop-in centre, breakfast clubs, law clinics, food banks and accommodation/housing. Our goal is to have drop-in centres around the UK run by Dads.
Whilst we are helping Dads with the consequences that arise, our long term aim is to tackle the cause through research, raising awareness and legal reform. We believe it's not about the mother's right or the father's right but the child's right to be cared for and raised by both their parents equally.
Dads House was set up in 2008 by William McGranaghan (Billy to his friends) to help single dads with the practicalities of raising their children alone.
There are currently over 2 million non-residential dads in the UK and over 200,000 raising their children alone. Just in London there are 20,000 dads who are the main carers for their children. We have seen a huge change in society and these figures are expected to rise dramatically in the next 5 years. After raising his own son from an early age, William realised that there was very little support for fathers.Although there were a number of organisations available to help parents, there was no support for the practicle side, no one to meet up with for a coffee and chat, people that would have an understanding of their struggles.
It was Billy's dream to create a charity that could offer the support needed by single dads so he set up Dads House.
Since Dads House launched in 2008, our reputation has grown within many organisations. Today many local authorities and the UK Government often contact Dads House to help with various topics.
Our 5 year plan going forward is to have Dads House branches across the UK, enabling us to help and support as many single fathers as possible. If you would like to volunteer or help in any capacity please contact us.
Walk ins are welcome at our offices from 10am to 6pm Monday to Fridays, and then from 8am to noon on Saturdays and Sundays.
Any form of violence, arguments, discrimination or racism will not be tolerated.
Any person found to be violating the house rules will be asked to leave, plus refused entry back into Dads House.
The founder and promoter of Dads House is William McGranaghan. William is himself a single father. He and his son, Sam, were left by Sam’s mother, who went abroad when Sam was one year old. William immediately had to learn to care for Sam. He took temporary and part time work in order to be able to spend time with Sam and to take him to school. It was not easy. Sam was discovered at the age of eleven as having learning difficulties. Despite that, with William’s love and support, Sam did well at school and now, aged 18, has gone to college to study Sports Development. William wishes to make life a bit easier for other fathers who find themselves in his predicament. He wants them to get the help he did not get.
HOMES FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES (“HOFF”)
Homes for Fathers and Families (“HOFF”) is a project aimed at providing the same degree of support for single fathers as is available for single mothers in the UK. Fathers who look after their children on their own have much the same difficulties as mothers. In addition they are not necessarily as naturally gifted when it comes to caring for their children, nor are they seen as needing help, for example by employers in regard to time off or flexibility in working hours. As a result, in many cases, their children suffer.