This week only, our young fathers forum takes place on Tuesday. The other details remain the same.
Our free weekly drop in forum for young fathers begins Wednesday 27 September. Sessions are held at Jigsaw and run from 2 pm - 4 pm.
"I’m keen to provide a space/platform to bring together the groups of young fathers I work with who don't meet the Caring Dads criteria, and young fathers I meet sporadically during outreach such as the drop-in sessions I attend at Brook on Thursdays," says St Michael's young father practitioner Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka.
Our weekly Young Fathers Forum is a space where young fathers can meet for a relaxed sesion - to build peer support, have a bite to eat, play the Xbox/Playstation and get support for their parenting and personal development.
The young fathers forum is for fathers aged 24 and younger in Lambeth and runs on Wednesdays from 2pm - 4 pm at Jigsaw.
If you'd like to know more, contact Arnold.
As an intern, it was my first time attending the weekly young parents group run by St. Michael's at Brockwell Park.
After an early morning trip to Tesco to pick up ingredients to feed 20, we headed over to Brockwell Park’s One O’Clock Club. The stereotypes of young parents portrayed in the media as anti-social and disorderly swirled in my mind. One look around the children’s centre made me realise I was deceived.
Roland was referred to St. Michael’s by the Teenphase Midwifery service. His partner was four months pregnant and neither was in full-time employment or education. This was Roland’s first child and the pregnancy was unplanned.
At first, Roland avoided phone calls and messages but his partner Sophie persuaded him that St Michael’s might be able to help.
John is 18 and has a four-month baby. He’s separated from the 18-year old mother because of his domestic violence.
His child was the subject of a child protection plan under the category of neglect, initially as an unborn child when John assaulted his four-week pregnant partner.
John lives with his mother and his two younger siblings. John’s father did not play an active role in his life but he has vivid recollections of his father when he was young, and the domestic violence he and his mother were subjected to.
I never intended to have a child or be a young father but St. Michael’s has helped me learn and achieve things I never thought was possible for me. (Jermaine)