Dads Rock saved from closure by '˜people power'

Dads Rock has been saved from closure following a £50,000 cash injection from the Scottish Government.

Friday, 1st December 2017, 8:55 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th December 2017, 11:58 am
Dad's Rock has been saved by a cash injection from the Scottish Government.

The charity’s future was looking bleak following a number of unsuccessful funding applications, meaning the coffers would have ran out next month.

However the Scottish Government’s intervention means Dads Rock can continue to provide vital support to dads and their children across the Capital.

Thomas Lynch, 43, national development manager, said: “The support within the past week has been overwhelming. I can’t thank Deputy First Minister John Swinney enough and all our other supporters who have acknowledged the important work we do with families.”

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Dads Rock will initially receive £35,000 to reinstate its playgroups, antenatal classes and work with young fathers.

In addition, the organisation will receive a further £15,000 to evaluate the benefits of its work, which will help it apply for funding in future.

Mr Swinney said: “I am pleased that this £50,000 will enable services to resume, as well as helping to secure the long-term future of Dads Rock.”

Dads Rock could not confirm whether two employees would still lose their jobs. But, despite the funding, the social enterprise is still determined to continue its fundraising appeal.

Thomas added: “This money gives us some breathing space.We will carry on being positive and applying for grants. But we still need to raise money for the future. I would like anyone who can help to get in touch.”

For more information and to donate go to www.savedadsrock.org/home.