The future of a charitable Jersey club for local fathers has been secured, thanks to the support of Hawksford.

The Fathers, Fun and Food Club is run by Brighter Futures, a local charity that works long term with the most disadvantaged Jersey families.  The charity, based at the Bridge in St Helier, helps families break the cycle of social disadvantage by uniting them, giving them life skills and refreshing their sense of value and self-worth.

Brighter Futures works with 150 to 170 families each week who are facing severe challenges.  Its motto is ‘Think Family’ and the team passionately believe that with the right support, and a little belief, even the most vulnerable Jersey families can turn their lives around.  By working with the main carer who then transfers their new skills to the home environment, Brighter Futures builds stronger families, and stronger families will create a stronger social fabric and cohesive community spirit.

The dads’ club provides fathers with a choice of activities and resources to engage with their children, in a safe relaxed environment.  It takes place on the second Sunday of every month and is open to dads and male carers with children up to the age of eight years.  Staff are on hand to offer support or advice if requested and to provide free bacon sandwiches, snacks and refreshments!

Peter Murley, CEO of Hawksford, recently spoke about Brighter Futures at a lunch club of the Institute of Directors.  ‘The work of Brighter Futures is largely unseen by the general public. Only those who have benefited from the various programmes and the agencies that refer the clients really know how valuable the service is.  Brighter Futures is an unsung hero for the families whose lives have been turned around, and Hawksford is thrilled to be enabling their important work in a small way,’ said Mr Murley.

Wendy Hurford, from Brighter Futures, added ‘Brighter Futures is an essential building block in the future health of the Island community. As an independent charity, we endeavour to find the majority of our £300k annual budget ourselves and are immensely grateful to Hawksford for their contribution. We want to give families a realistic chance to be self-reliant and resilient against many of the challenges they may face, and Hawksford is helping us make that difference.’