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Service summary

North East Young Dads & Lads Project

NEYDL started life in 2015 with a simple brief: to find out what, if anything, could be done to support young dads (aged under 25) who live, work or study in the North East of England. At the time, there was no blueprint for this work, so as experienced youth workers we went out and met young men on their terms and figured things out together.

Several years on and NEYDL is a charity in it’s own right, reaching over 50 young men a year and spending on average over 40 hours with each young man we meet. Due to the honesty and courage shown by these young men, we now have a better understanding of the difficulties facing young men who are fathers, along with an admiration for the resilience and determination they continue to show in the face of often-extreme adversity. Counter to the excuses used by professionals who fail to work effectively with this community, young dads are not unreachable, un-teachable, disinterested or a problem that needs fixing. Sadly, we just haven’t afforded them the same opportunities to thrive – until now!

NEYDL is a unique youth support service that is dedicated to helping young men and young fathers to play an active and meaningful role in the lives of their children, within families and wider society. We offer a non-judgmental service that is based on mutual trust, respect and honesty. We listen and respond to the challenges facing young men and work with them on a voluntary basis to find positive and long-term solutions. We operate a ‘revolving door’ policy that enables young men to return time and again for help, assistance and friendship.

The current service offer for Hartlepool is the Digidad E-Learning platform and the Discord platform for young dads to connect through gaming. We will support the young dad/dad to be/man to access these services.

Twitter: @NEYD&L
Instagram: @NEYDL2

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Client Groups Served

  • Children and Young People
  • Adult Working Age