A new Lottery Top Up Grant has enabled Dads Can Cymru to continue helping dads be the best dads they can be.

Dads Can Cymru is a male support service which helps fathers and father figures overcome challenges such as low confidence, mental ill health, relationship breakdown, access to children and negative life choices empowering dads to identify and resolve challenges they face. They operate across Monmouthshire and Newport, utilising a coaching and mentoring approach through 1:2:1 and group work sessions.

They have recently been awarded a Lottery Top Up Grant which will enable them to continue the invaluable work they have been doing, something that in light of the recent global pandemic is needed even more. Dads Can Cymru have always used a tailored approach when working with their dads and this has never been more needed than now. Due to COVID-19 many of these dads have new and often frustrating problems to overcome, from increased financial burdens and child access issues to less than ideal home-schooling situations and a lack of sufficient guidance and information.

This additional funding will allow them to deliver too many more fathers and to support them in new and evolving ways, the funds will enable them to;

  • Recruit a part time Development Worker for 2 days a week for the next 20  weeks
  • Provide Dads who are on our ‘Working with Dads Toolkit’ virtual course with a digital pack if they need it (this will include tablets and  portable WIFI units)
  • Home learning packs (stationary, craft packs, printers)
  • Furniture to enable home learning (tables, chairs etc)
  • Emergency fund of supermarket vouchers and utility top ups


Suzanne Brown from the National Lottery said “We’re proud to be able to provide you with financial support during this challenging time”

Nadine Fletcher from Dads Can Cymru said; “Families are having to adjust to a new way of living during the pandemic, however many families are also struggling with financial burdens that these changes bring.  We are hoping that we can elevate these pressures for families across Monmouthshire and Newport with this new Grant and welcome any new referrals for families who need some extra support through these times.”

Dads Can Cymru are committed to making a positive impact in these dads and their families lives, each dad has specific needs and requirements, this additional support will go a long way in helping them to be the best dads that they can be.