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Greater Manchester Combined Authority
16th August 2023

Dadly Does It! Work to improve the health and well-being of children and families in Greater Manchester has received a boost. 

Unlimited Potential, a social enterprise that specialises in social innovation, is developing its work on positive fatherhood, exploring the role of dads in improving their children’s health and well-being. 

The project has been made possible thanks to Greater Manchester Combined Authority providing funding via its Foundational Economy Innovation Fund

“Working alongside local dads, we have been learning about the impact of positive fatherhood for the past ten years”, said Chris Dabbs, Chief Executive of Unlimited Potential. “We know that it improves the life chances of children, while reducing pressure on mums.” 

The Dadly Does It project will be doing tests of change to see how to improve the engagement of dads by local services. It is supported by a Positive Fatherhood Working Group in Salford, which includes people from both the statutory and voluntary sectors. 

Lou Cordwell, Chair of Greater Manchester Business Board, said: “By supporting innovation across Greater Manchester’s foundational economy, we can deliver increased productivity in the sectors we rely on for our daily needs.” 

“This fund complements the wide range of business support already in place while backing ideas that could increase the resilience of these sectors in the future.”