Dads Rock - £6,000
Inspiring young men
Dads Rock was founded in 2012, when two young fathers wanted to be more involved with their kids' lives but were unable to find a support network. Today, theirs is the only charity in Edinburgh to support and inspire Dads to have the strongest relationships with their children.
Dads Rock organises activities around parenting and engaging with children in a fun and positive way. Free weekly playgroups are run in some of Edinburgh's most deprived areas. As well as playing with their kids, the dads can also meet and learn from each other.
A better start in life
The charity supports vulnerable young men who may be facing fatherhood alone at the same time as setting up a home, finding work and learning to manage money, all for the first time. They also work in schools to provide positive male role models and fight gender stereotypes.
Young Dads Project
The £6,000 award from the Trust will enable Dads Rock to provide 200 hours of support to 18 young families over the coming year through their Young Dads Project.
For example, Dads Rock were recently able to support a dad who was struggling to put food on the table for his young twins. The charity worked with him to put together a support package including immediate referral to a local food bank, and provided longer term support with budgeting and support from other agencies.