Dad's only play time

YOUNG fathers from across Suffolk are being invited to bring their children along to a series of 'dads only' play sessions in Ipswich.Organised by Teenage Pregnancy Suffolk, the sessions have been arranged to give fathers under the age of 25, and their children, an opportunity to meet men in similar positions while allowing the children to play together.

YOUNG fathers from across Suffolk are being invited to bring their children along to a series of 'dads only' play sessions in Ipswich.

Organised by Teenage Pregnancy Suffolk, the sessions have been arranged to give fathers under the age of 25, and their children, an opportunity to meet men in similar positions while allowing the children to play together.

Jason Lockwood, Suffolk's young fathers worker, said: "I work with a number of fathers who have difficulty dedicating time to playing with their children one to one.

"Although we are aware many mothers face the same difficulty, there is very little out there for young fathers.

"Mothers and toddlers groups are very popular, as are mothers coffee mornings, but when was the last time you heard of fathers and toddlers?

"That's the reason we have set up these fathers only sessions. It's an opportunity for young fathers to spend some quality time with their children, playing and enjoying their role as a father in a safe environment.  

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"It can also be a chance to give mum a break."

The sessions are open to biological fathers, step-fathers and father figures. There will be a soft play areas for children under two years of age and various toys for older children.

The sessions will be held on:

Saturday January 15 at the community room at Gainsborough Sports Centre between 1pm and 3pm.

Saturday January 22 at the community room at Whitton Sports Centre between 1pm and 3pm.

Saturday January 29 at the community room in Maidenhall Sports Centre between 12pm and 2pm. To book a place or find out more contact Jason Lockwood by calling or texting 01473 261915 or 07843 642967.

Do you think 'dads only' play sessions are a good idea? Would you attend? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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