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Father Figures

A peer-led learning journey exploring how we can shape a positive 21st Century vision of fatherhood.

Location:

 

Online / In person (UK)

Duration:

 

6 months

Hours:

 

1-3 hrs a week

Host:

 

Sam Weatherald

Kick off:

 

09/10/21

Apply by:

 

27/09/21

Early bird:

 

06/09/21

Bursaries: Available

 

Overview

A collective journey aiming to contribute towards a culture of active, engaged fatherhood.

Together we will explore and seek solutions to the challenges of fatherhood we are facing, as well as celebrating its joys. Forging powerful bonds within the group, we will support each other to develop fruitful ideas and practices to seed in our respective lives and communities.

Is it for me?

Are you a father, considering fatherhood, or someone with a research or professional interest in fatherhood?

Do you have questions regarding fatherhood you’d like support to explore, or an idea around fatherhood you'd like support to develop? Would you like to connect to a diverse group of dads across the UK? Are you excited about the prospect of collaborative, peer-led learning?

Do it to

1.

Be part of driving a bold experiment in what the culture of and conversation around modern fatherhood looks like.

2.

Strengthen and deepen your own relationship to fatherhood.

3.

Build a national support network of other fathers with the potential to last far beyond this 6 month journey.

Your Host

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As well as a father, Sam is a multidisciplinary facilitator, with a diverse career spanning education, community building and participatory arts.

Driven by a passion for collective joy, he founded and led secular congregation Sunday Assembly East End, and created mental health festival A Mindful Mess. He is currently training as a music facilitator with prison charity Good Vibrations, and teaches meditation and mental resilience practices.

“Sam is committed to listening to all voices, and is skilled in letting collective wisdom emerge.”

Liz Slade - Chief Officer, Unitarians

Q&As

How do you approach diversity and inclusion?

We believe that placing peer-to-peer relationships at the heart of learning creates huge potential for a more inclusive approach to education. We also know that a very deliberate effort is required to deliver those benefits in reality. A top cited value point for Enrol Yourself participants is that they learnt alongside people they wouldn't otherwise have met and were able to exchange their perspectives, ideas, experiences and more.

We want to welcome and support anyone with a strong intention to take part in our programmes, and aim to ensure that your identity or background will not be a barrier. Whilst we don't have it all figured out yet, we are working on it.

What does the programme look like?

There will be a rhythm of fortnightly evening workshops, alternating with 1:1 'buddy' sessions. There will be a half way check point in which we will receive input on our progress from an expert panel, and the journey culminates in a showcase in which we will demonstrate and celebrate our learnings. There will also be an optional co-created 3 day retreat in nature.

How will the blended online/in person work in practice?

It is impossible at this stage to know what COVID restrictions will be in place over the 6 months, however alongside the regular online meetings the hope is to include national and perhaps regional meet ups… the showcase and retreat weekend in particular will aim to be in person. We will aim to remain fluid and adaptive in response to the changing situation, as well as participant’s personal circumstances.

How much does it cost?

Costs range from £350 - £950 dependent on your circumstances, and can be spread over the 6 months (or longer if necessary), interest free. There are also bursaries available, and a 5% discount for early bird applications. If you are able, we encourage you to contribute to our higher tier, as this makes it possible to offer lower cost places to those with less income. We are aware that this is a financially precarious moment for many, so please reach out if you need support.

Fatherhood is exhausting enough - won't this just add to the load?

The programme does represent a time and energy commitment, however the aim is very much for it to be a journey which supports you as a father, and will also respond flexibly and sympathetically to your circumstances.

What does the application process look like?

The application process is simple. You can request more information at the bottom of this page, and feel free to reach out to Sam for an informal chat. If this feels like something that calls you then you can sign up via the application form. After the deadline Sam will find a time to speak with you, before offering a limited number of places.

 

Interested?

Register your interest with the Host to receive the information pack. You can also request a phone call and some resources to take to your employer if you think they might be able to (partially or fully) sponsor your place on the programme.

Thank you for registering your interest, the host will be in touch!