Edinburgh Dads' Club has fun reading!
This week Brock Lueck tells us about his work as a Lone Fathers Worker in Edinburgh where he encourages reading amongst Dads and pre-school aged children.
I work for One Parent Families Scotland and have a remit to support fathers who care for their children on their own, share that care with their ex-partners, or have regular contact with their kids week to week. The post is co-managed by Gilmerton Children and Family Centre and as a result I am there half the week meeting all dads and children under 4 years old who use the Centre. As highlighted by the Play Talk Read campaign and other initiatives such as Bookbug, reading regularly with young children can be hugely beneficial to their development in many areas and is an activity that we are trying to prioritise.
With this in mind, we recently established a small informal library for the use of the fathers and children that use the Saturday Dads’ Club. In addition to funding from the City of Edinburgh, Scottish Book Trust was crucial in getting this up and running with a donation of over 100 new books, perfectly pitched at the ages of the children who come to the club. It’s early days but seems to be really popular. The children have enjoyed taking the books home, and the dads report that it’s been nice to have some new stories to read! We have also linked in with the city libraries in providing applications for the dads to sign up for their own cards, as well as planning for a Dads’ Bookbug Session at our local library.
For more information on the work taking place through One Parent Families Scotland and the Gilmerton Children and Family Centre, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.