Are you a community that is interested in the link between fathers' and children's well-being?
Are you interested in trying out a new fully-funded approach to overcoming serious and multiple disadvantage, using the strengths in your community?
- Then why not apply for your community to become our project partner?
This is a free briefing event open to all communities in Greater Manchester (outside Salford) to see if you want to help us expand our work with fathers and children facing disadvantage. We are using an approach that builds on fathers' own strengths and solutions.
The aim of our work is for fathers themselves to find their own successful solutions to improve their well-being and then to see if this also improves the well-being of their children. The approach is for fathers to 'act yourself into a new way of thinking'.
Who we are
Unlimited Potential (a successful social enterprise in Salford) has a unique opportunity to expand our groundbreaking work to a third community. We started our work in Little Hulton, Salford, in 2013, where fathers set up a constituted group called Salford Dadz - Little Hulton, which is still running successfully and independently. We then started working in Winton, Salford, in January 2016. Here the project is called Dadly Does It.
We have been given two years' funding by our partner, the Lankelly Chase Foundation, to expand beyond our roots in Salford in order to test out our approach to improving the well-being of fathers in a community in Greater Manchester outside Salford.
What we are looking for
We are looking for a community that has a passion for tacking inequalities faced by their community to partner with us to further test the approach we are using. This is no small challenge and we want to hear from local people that understand the strengths of their community and are able to think and work creatively. We are more interested in communities who understand what we are trying to do and not just those who are most experienced in pitching to us.
You should also be willing to fully engage in the external evaluation, which is being led by the Centre for Men's Health at Leeds Beckett University. We work mostly 'arms length' with the university and we don't do a lot of tick box stuff that puts communities off.
Our briefing event
At this event we will
- introduce ourselves and our work so far
- explain our approach
- explain our offer
- outline how interested communities in Greater Manchester (outside Salford) can apply to become our partner, with a view to starting work in January 2017 for 2 years.
We use a 4 step approach throughout the two years, which is very much tailored to the culture of the community in which we work. In return we want people who are open-minded, ready to take risks and prepared to learn from what does not work as well as what does.
If this sounds like you, then we would love to see you.
If you cannot make it but want to apply on behalf of your community, contact us - although we are keen to meet you at this event if at all possible.
To find out more about our work so far, click here.
To see a video of our work, click here.
To read the academic evaluation after 2 years, click here.
Can I come along if I work or live outside Greater Manchester as I am interested in this approach?
Not on this occasion. From time to time we hold open events - please contact the organiser if you would like an invitation sending for the next one.
What is the role of people in for example local authorities, NHS and housing organisations?
We invite you to come along if you are supporting a community that might be interested in applying. You should attend as a team!
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
For a map to show the location of the Innovation Forum click here
We encourage sustainable transport.
The nearest train station to Salford Innovation Forum is at Salford Crescent, which is 12-15 minutes' walk.
Free parking is available to the rear of the Innovation Forum building. Please press the buzzer at the barrier and say that you are attending the Unlimited Potential event.
The venue is fully accessible for disabled people. Please contact us if you have any particular access requirements.
Places are limited, so please attend only if you have booked. Maximum 2 people per community.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Contact the Project Manager, Heather Henry.
Telephone: 07941 790670