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Revolutionising fatherhood: The Dad la Soul story

In a world where the narrative of fatherhood often goes unnoticed, there emerges a tale that’s not just about change but connection and transformation.

This is the story of Dad La Soul, a revolutionary movement founded by Dan Flanagan. Let’s discover how a simple idea has grown into a community that’s reshaping the landscape of fatherhood.

The genesis of a movement

It was back in 2017 when Dan Flanagan, a dad himself, noticed something was missing – the way dads were supported and connected in the UK. 

There are six million dads in the UK, each with their own unique story, yet many feel isolated or unheard. 

This sparked the birth of Dad La Soul, a not-for-profit, volunteer-led organisation that’s much more than a group – it’s a lifeline, a community, a place where dads can genuinely be themselves.

Creating impact through innovation

What sets Dad La Soul apart are its groundbreaking approaches to bringing dads together. Imagine playdates, but on a grand scale – events where dads can bond, share, and grow. 

We’re talking about dads-only meet-ups, massive afternoon raves, and engaging, often challenging conversations. Events take place in Brighton, Worthing, Lewes and online

Find a Dad la Soul event near you.

In a short span of five years, the impact is visible: 

  • 12,000 volunteer hours
  • 120 events
  • and over 3,000 families engaged

But Dad La Soul isn’t just about numbers. It’s about the stories, the connections, and the lives changed. No dad is alone in his journey.

A community like no other

Dad La Soul isn’t confined by geography. It’s a global tapestry of dads from the UK, New Zealand, Germany, and the Czech Republic, each bringing their unique perspective. 

This community talks about everything under the sun – from serious issues like mental health and co-parenting to the lighter, yet equally important, art of dad jokes.

Dan’s own experiences shaped the vision of Dad La Soul. Witnessing the challenges his dad faced and grappling with his own struggles as a dad, he realised the profound need for a space where dads could find support and camaraderie. 

This organisation is more than a group; it’s a response to the isolation many dads face, breaking the silence around men’s mental health.

Looking towards the future

With open arms, the Dad la Soul movement is ready to grow, evolve, and embrace new ideas and partnerships. It stands as an invitation to anyone who resonates with its mission – to join, contribute, and be part of this ever-expanding narrative.

In essence, Dad La Soul is a beacon of hope and camaraderie in the often-uncharted waters of fatherhood. 

It’s a place where dads can find their tribe, share their journey, and yes, even come to appreciate the finer points of a good dad joke. 

Dad la Soul is more than a movement; it’s a new chapter in the story of being a dad, and it’s just getting started.

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