One of our favourite father’s organisations, DadsHouse, has been featured in The Sun today ahead of Father’s Day, to help raise awareness of the issues facing single dads all over the country, and in the article, founder and campaigner, Billy McGranaghan describes the obstacles he faced when bringing up his son on his own and what subsequently motivated him to set up DadsHouse.
DadsHouse is dedicated to helping fathers who have found themselves on their own, whether through separation, divorce or bereavement, and offers a range of support from counselling, football nights and even cookery classes for dads and their kids. DadsHouse made waves in the House of Lords in 2012 when it launched its ground breaking photographic tour “In Dad’s Shoes”, which has featured young and aspiring photographers and more recently renowned photographer, Harry Borden. The photos are intimate portraits of single and lone fathers (families where mum is not present either through bereavement or separation) with their children, and make for breath-taking viewing. Since its launch, “In Dad’s Shoes” has been visited by thousands of people, travelled all over the country, even as far as The Scottish Parliament and is still going strong.
DadsHouse’s work and the exhibition are supported by the Department for Work and Pensions and has a growing following in the House of Lords and the House of Commons, including Lord Speaker, Baroness D’Souza, The Earl of Listowel and Maria Miller, MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Women and Equalities.
Why do we love DadsHouse so much? As an enterprise it is genuinely focused on putting children first, all-embracing, women and mum-friendly, charismatic and progressive and soft like a pussycat….. and Billy’s own story is nothing short of heroic. Grab a copy of The Sun today, turn to page 36, and check out what we mean…