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Welcome! This course has been designed to equip facilitators and leaders to run a Fathers Matter Connect Group.
Globally, and in South Africa, not many people understand the importance of fathers being positively present and involved in their children’s lives. Everyone knows how valuable mothers are, but fathers aren’t always seen in the same way.
A father plays such an important role in a child’s development, emotional well-being, educational achievements and future productivity – and we see this in research and through people's personal experiences.
How many of our problems as a society would be reduced if children grew up with fathers who supported them, spent time with them, taught them and encouraged them? How many of our children would be more balanced, secure and well-adjusted?
But many children grow up without a loving and supportive father or positive male figure in their lives.
Heartlines is working to help change this through its Father Matter programme, part
of which includes the Connect Groups described in this resource. This Facilitator’s
Toolkit was developed for anyone wanting to run a connect group, be it in a Christian
context, or a mixed group.
We strongly recommend that you read through all of the information and tips in this course before starting or leading a Fathers Matter Connect Group.
Once you've worked through this material, you can find our Connect Group Core Modules here.
What is the Fathers Matter project?
What is a Fathers Matter Connect Group?
How to start and run your Fathers Matter Connect Group
Ways of sharing your father story
Tips for listening and sharing
Responding to uncomfortable stories
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