Vote for young dads project in National Lottery Awards

28 July 2008

There are just under two weeks left to vote for a young fathers’ project to win a major national award. Online and telephone voting for the award expires on 8 August.

The Da Young Fathers Project, based in Northern Ireland, is one of three finalists in its category (the Woman magazine Award for Best Charity/Voluntary Project) at the National Lottery Awards, which will be televised later this year.

The project, which could win a £2,000 prize as well as the kudos and publicity associated with such an award, is aimed at supporting the needs of young fathers or father figures, aged 14-25, and their families. It comprises a planned and structured father’s service, aimed at improving and enhancing the relationship between fathers and their children.

One young dad, aged 22, said: " I know how I want things to be with my kid and the staff have supported me with this. Through the fatherhood programme my parenting skills have got better and staff have acted as mediators between the kid’s mum and me which has made a big difference. I’ve grown up a lot, even in the last 6 months and my life is much better, but most important of all, things are now better for the wee one."

For more details on the Da Young Fathers Project – and to vote for it – click here. You can also cast your vote by telephone on 0845 386 1248.

To read about the awards and the other finalists click here.

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