'To build awareness to make a difference'

D.A.D.S Group Photo


D.A.D.S is run by parents and carers who have children with special needs and disabilities. This group is not just to offer support to get through day to day, but also support each other through the tough times.

D.A.D’s has been set up by Andy Aldred.

We provide:

  • Free training courses, which are available for everyone in the community, a centre where people can come for advice and support and get the guidance they need, work with the LST team, refer people to professional bodies i.e CAMHS.
  • We are currently putting together a sensory room and centre to help children with disabilities and their families.
  • Our trips, events and training courses are open for all the community, this is because our aim is ‘to build awareness to make a difference:, we aim for inclusion for our families who have children with disabilities and to do this we need to include everyone, to make people aware that not every disability is easy to see.
  • By bringing everyone together we aim to make a difference for the next generation, to stop discrimination and isolation that families are currently experiencing.
  • D.A.D’s is not just for dads, it's for everyone to join, share information and ask questions, to offer and get support.


Here at D.A.D.S we depend upon the kindness of our hard-working volunteers, who dedicate their time to help us provide the best support we possibly can. We take on people from all walks of life and believe in giving others a second chance, inspiring independence and allowing each volunteer to express themselves.

With our D.A.D.S shop continuing to grow and becoming busier each week, even if you could just spare the odd half hour you can make a massive difference for D.A.D.S and the customers that we serve.

We depend upon our volunteers and we're always looking to take on more people who want to make a difference in their community. If you feel like this is something you could do, please give us a call and we can provide you with more information. 

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Hi my name’s Andy Aldred and I’m the co-founder of D.A.D’s my role with the charity is Chairman.

One of the main reasons I wanted to start D.A.D’s was down to the lack of support out there for male carers / parents. But reality was everyone needs some sort of support in some form, so we decided to open the group to all. The group has helped so many people / families over the last twelve months now I feel so proud and privileged to be a part of it.

Cody-Jo was born 16 weeks early, however she has some amazing qualities, she loves music and can recite most songs, however she is non-verbal.....so work that one out!!
She also loves swimming and water.
Cody has been diagnosed with chronic lung disease, Autism, GDD, Pica Syndrome, Hyper-mobility, Doubly incontinent, Asthma, Eating disorder & Non-Verbal..... the list is endless.

Layton well what can I say about him, he’s funny, loving, polite,he’s just amazing.
He himself has just been diagnosed with Hyper-mobility but he copes ok at the moment.
One thing I am very proud to say is that Layton see's the person first not the disability and I hope we can get more people to do the same.

If you need to contact me please don’t hesitate to either call me or email me on the details below:

Tel: 07387 710582

Katie Aldred

Hello, my names Katie and D.A.D.S has helped me by showing me what career path I want to go down. It has also helped me gain more experience about children with disabilities. My aim from now is to help disabled children and spread the word to others.

Charlotte Postings

Hello, I’m Char and I suffer from Bi-Polar disorder. I’m currently unemployed and was looking for volunteer work when I got recommend D.A.D.S. I go to the charity everyday to help out and it has really helped to bring some meaning to my day. I like knowing that by supporting the charity, I am helping to make a difference in the wider community. D.A.D.S has made me realise that everyone should have the same opportunities in life, no matter what.

Our key aims are:

  • Providing workshops, forums, advocacy and general supportRaising public awareness of the issues and challenges facing disabled children and their families both in general terms and in relation to their social exclusion and changing perceptions.
  • Providing recreational facilities and opportunities for disabled children and their families to interact more effectively in their wider communityProviding education and information support to families to help disabled children to meet their potential.
  • D.A.D.S want to build a place where all ages and sizes can come and be themselves. Vulnerable people should have the same chances and opportunities as everyone else without being discriminated against.

Concept of Dads

  • Originally DAD’s was set up just for dads and grandads & male carer’s with kids with various ailments and disabilities.
  • It was supposed to be a network of men to support each other.
  • Supposed to be for men trying to come to terms with their own demons!!
  • Supposed to have been where men could do the usual things what “most” women find easy expressing their emotions asking for HELP!!

But Reality Was!!

  • All sectors of society needs support!!
  • All community funding being withdrawn.
  • General public perception needs changing (Not just a naughty child)
  • Awareness of all the hidden disabilities needs to grow.
  • Did you know that there are hundreds of hidden disabilities?

At D.A.D.S we want to be able to stop discrimination of these disabilities and make people understand that just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean that it is not there. We want to promote the social inclusion of children with disabilities and behaviours that challenge and their families who as a result feel socially excluded from society.

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