The learnings over the six-year project were that improving the well-being of fathers from disadvantaged backgrounds can improve the well-being of their children. It can also improve the quality of family relationships and benefit the well-being of partners and ex-partners.
Communities in Little Hulton in Salford, Winton in Salford, and Langley in Rochdale Borough took part in the project. In each neighbourhood, Dadly Does It focussed on ‘what’s strong, not what’s wrong’, and drew on the strengths, assets and hidden wisdom of communities.
To influence system change for the happiness and well-being of children, we have created a set of resources for other communities to use to help spread positive fatherhood.