For a single father who finds himself homeless, or at risk of homelessness, there is limited options.
Many barriers around accommodation within the system, can prevent a father from receiving or maintaining custody.
For many fathers in Tasmania, this is the reality they are faced with.
DIY Dads helps to provide an alternative option to help break down these barriers, which is both safer and healthier for both the dad and the children.
What is DIY Dads?
Hobart City Mission identified a desperate need in Southern Tasmania for supported accommodation, targeted at single fathers who do not have stable accommodation.
The service gap resulted in children being separated from their fathers, either through the children being placed in State Care or in the mother’s full-time custody.
DIY Dads provides 8 self-contained units for dads with either full or part time care of their children. The dads can be any age, and are able to stay at the DIY Dads program for up to two years.
Each resident dad is taught skills that can assist them in living independently in the community, such as budgeting, maintaining a tenancy and making healthy lifestyle choices.
As well as accommodation, the program provides life and parent skill training, advocacy and self-guidance to help develop confident and capable single fathers, with the aim of transitioning into independent living in the community.
To find out more about DIY Dads or to apply, please call (03) 6215 4200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The benefits to dads, children and the community include:
- Increased likelihood of the child remaining in, or returning to their fathers care
- Decreased risk of negative impacts on a child’s development, wellbeing and potential, through the development of a positive relationship with their father
- Independence gained through attaining skills allowing the dads and their kids to live independently in the community
- Positive impacts on the community as being a constructive and active member
- Development of appropriate and healthy parenting skills
- Demonstration of positive role model behaviours to children and other fathers in the community
- Guidance and education to increase employment potential
- Increased confidence and self-reliance
- Decreased reliance on the welfare services and payments
- A healthy father-child bond is created through fathers having regular and fulfilling relationships with their children
You can help…
DIY Dads receives no on-going government funding, and therefore only operates through generous donations from the community.
There are many ways that you can support DIY Dads:
- Financial donations – make a donation online, or call (03) 6215 4200
- Donate items needed to support the dads & their kids
- Consider a bequest in your will;
- Develop a Corporate Partnership with the program;
- Attend our fundraising events
Thank you in advance, for supporting these dads in your community.
For more information on how you can help, view our DIY Dads Brochure here.