Merseyside Coordinator, Dad Matters
Hello everyone! I’m Luke, from St Helens in Merseyside. As both a parent and a stepparent, I’m no stranger to the difficulties of parenthood. I started my career working with children with Special Educational Needs, before moving over to working in a specialist school for children with social, emotional and mental health needs. These young people were some of the most challenging, but also most hilarious people I’d ever met, and it was a pleasure to work with them. I then moved into residential care, working again with some very challenging young people. I’m also a personal assistant for a young man with cerebral palsy, which has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
My son was born at 25 weeks gestation, after my partner was assaulted while she was at work. What followed was three months in hospital, watching my son slowly develop and fight his numerous health conditions. While in the hospital, my partner received some mental health help, but I received nothing. At the time, I didn’t care, I just wanted my son to be ok, but when we left hospital and my mental health took a negative turn, I thought that Dads needed just as much help as Mums. My experience inspired me to do what I could to help dads in the same situation as me, and I started to volunteer for another parenting charity. An opportunity came up to work for Dads Matter, and I jumped at the chance. I will start work in January 2023, and I can’t wait. Dads DO matter, and if I can help just one dad, it will have all been worth it.