New Group For Male Carers

9th February 2018

A new group has been set up for dads, granddads and male carers.

Home-Start Guernsey has started the new Dragonflies group for Dads, with continuous support from the Sarah Groves Foundation.

It is the organisation’s third drop-in centre, which aims to give pre-school children a welcoming and supportive environment to play and learn.

We are told generous funding from the Sarah Groves Foundation has kept the Dragonflies groups going since the first was launched in 2015.

The idea of the group was to give young children the opportunity to explore different arts and crafts with their parents, inspired by Sarah’s fascination for drawing dragonflies.

The groups’ popularity is high, with over 60 families registered to attend the group at St Martin’s Community Centre, alone. This meant a third group was needed to support parents, and a dedicated group for dads was considered, following feedback from current groups, and popularity expressed through Home-Start Guernsey’s Facebook page.

We are told the groups provide a welcoming and inclusive environment to support parents and children, help build friendships and offer support network for families.

Volunteers are on hand to offer a listening ear or just to provide bonding and memorable experiences.

The organisation recruits volunteers who are parents themselves that visit families experiencing stressful times.

The groups also include other local organisations, like the Guernsey Library, which contributes to Rhyme Time. Stories, songs and crafts will ensure children and their male carers have lots to enjoy every week.

There is no charge for the Dragonflies groups, and male carers are encouraged to turn up.

The first drop-in will take place at Vale Church Hall on Saturday 10th February, and will then alternate Friday and Saturdays. It will run from 9.30am – 11.30am.

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