Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show our Dads just how much they mean and thank them for everything they do for us. However, for one reason or another, this isn’t always the case for some people and this day more than others can often be difficult.
We wanted to take a look at Father’s Day in an alternative way, to ensure everybody is able to be involved in a day which is intended to celebrate inspirational individuals and bring joy, so we are encouraging everyone to think about alternative role models, male or not, who have had a positive impact in their lives and thank them for their presence.
From friends, to relatives, to professionals: it is likely that in our lifetime we have all been blessed by a positive male role model, so today is the perfect opportunity to reflect on these people and think about what we can learn from them, to grow as individuals, and in turn contribute to others.
At The Ashley Foundation, we witness every day, first hand, how important it is to build and maintain strong relationships with those around us. On a day like today, we wanted to help others to recognise how important it is to have relationships with those around us that look out for our wellbeing and support our personal growth. Whether it be through the leaders of our mentoring projects, support workers, or the volunteers and duty supervisor staff at our hostels, we are proud to give our residents many opportunities to work with compassionate people who can inspire them to build a better future for themselves.
Building strong relationships with positive people is vital in sustaining wellbeing and supporting mental health. Having a moral mentor to turn to can promote a spark of conversation which is always beneficial for making sense of our thoughts and why we feel the way we do. Being able to build relationships can also develop personal skills such as communication and empathy, and will lead to a feeling of belonging and the ability to build trust, all important things for our residents when trying to shape their futures.
So, we are encouraging you to use Father’s Day to celebrate those making a difference in your life by teaching you new things, supporting you through hard times or just being a positive role model to look up to.
Who are the positive male role models in your life, and how have they motivated you?
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