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Dads and kids community group Hurstpierpoint

A new group for dads and their kids is launching on Saturday 8 June at the recently refurbished Court Bushes Community Hub in Hurstpierpoint.

'Dad La Soul' offers activities including everything from film, music and zombie mask making, to DJ and circus skills workshops, as well as soft play, science lessons, crafting and games.

The volunteer-run group aims to eradicate the social isolation that can be experienced by dads and give them a fun, welcoming environment where they can spend time with their children. It will run on the first Saturday of the month, with each session being led by a different dad who will teach the group a new skill.

The sessions have been funded by Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group which provides social housing in the local area and works with residents to transform their communities.

Father to a seven-year-old son, Dan Flanagan founded 'Dad La Soul' having struggled to find groups for dads and their children in his local area.

He said: "Being a dad can be quite lonely at times, but men don't like to talk about that. Through 'Dad La Soul', my hope is that dads, stepdads, granddads and carers can come together to have fun, make friends and learn new skills. We're delighted to be working with Clarion Futures to bring 'Dad La Soul' to Hurstpierpoint and hope to see lots of dads at our first group on 8 June."

Jane Haskins, Neighbourhood Investment Officer from Clarion Futures, said: "Building and supporting local communities is at the heart of what we do and 'Dad La Soul' is a great example of this. We hope that the groups will help create friendships and build peer-to-peer support networks for dads living in the area, overcoming challenges and transforming lives for the better."

The first 'Dad La Soul' group takes place from 10am - 12pm on Saturday 8 June at the Court Bushes Community Hub in Hurstpierpoint.

To find out more or book your place, visit the Dad La Soul event listing page.