CURRAMBINE Primary School dads joined their children to walk to school last month as part of The Fathering Project.
The LADDs (Loving and Devoted Dads) group aims to provide a forum for fathers and father figures to get active in their children’s lives and to learn and share experiences with each other.
The group was formed in March 2015 and has been organising activities like billy cart derbies, bike rides, camp outs and walking school buses.
Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton joined the group to walk to school.
“Any measures to promote positive relationships between father and father figures will have a long lasting effect on children,” she said.
“I’m excited to see more local primary schools enquiring into establishing Fathering Projects.”
A State Government grant of $10,000 was recently given to The Fathering Project to support existing groups and establish new ones at local primary schools in the Joondalup electorate.
“Research shows there is a direct benefit to the community to have father’s actively involved in their children’s lives,” Ms Hamilton said.
“Not only does it increase a child’s self-esteem, it has the potential to improve health, academic, social and emotional outcomes.”
Ms Hamilton has been visiting local primary school P&C’s and talking to them about the project, Beaumaris, Poseidon and Edgewater primary schools.