About Men Behaving Dadly

Men Behaving Dadly is a small charity run by and for dads and their children. All participants are central in identifying needs of the group and participating in the development of the project and resources.

Saturday 29th January 2000 was the first of six weekly MBD sessions. After the six initial pilot sessions we changed to fortnightly sessions, so we could continue to deliver quality activity sessions.

MBD has at its core a commitment to enabling relationship building between dads/male carers and their children, raising self esteem, increasing confidence in parenting, promoting the values of play and combating the sense of isolation many dads feel.

MBD aims to encourage dads/male carers to recognise the importance of play with their children, as a way of developing positive relationships. The aim would then be having fun but also spending quality time together.

In May 2002 MBD celebrated after receiving a grant of £4690 from the National Lottery's Awards For All programme. The grant allowed the group to work with a number of professional artists over a ten-week period n the new Gallery Oldham. Over the course of the project the group created a body of work in response to the theme of 'time'. The work created became part of a larger exhibition at Gallery Oldham called 'Time Lords'.

Involvement in the project encouraged dads/male carers to see the value of the arts as a learning and leisure experience while promoting future engagement and access to cultural activities. Projects of this kind can act as catalysts for breaking down barriers between cultural venues and the public as MBD is attempting to do by encouraging men to become involved in this traditionally female role as a carer, as each parent has a unique contribution to make to their children's development.

Through funding; Oldham Borough Council Minor Awards, Family Learning Millennium Award, Oldham Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership Grant, Awards for All and more recently in July 2002 a three year funding grant from Children in Need. The project has flourished and continues to grow and meet the needs of the Oldham community Borough wide. 


Although initially based within Greenacres Community Centre, Oldham, the group has now set up a similar MBD sessions at Beever Street Children Centre, Higginshaw, Oldham

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