Fathers from Athlone are invited to attend a free four-week fatherhood training programme, presented by the Parent Centre. The workshop will take place every Thursday during the month of November and will focus on the role of the father in the family, building a relationship with his partner and being actively involved in raising his children. Shuaib Salie, the facilitator for the programme, explains the training sessions will comprise four sessions of two hours each. “We hope that local fathers don’t miss out on this ideal opportunity, especially for the working dads. This will be the first workshop hosted in the Athlone area.“The fatherhood training has been running at the Parent Centre for the last 10 years. There are lots of outcomes, which include the importance of the father’s role in the family, the life of his children and how to play an active role in caring for his family.“The groups I worked with previously were not very big, and usually in groups of up to 15 men. For the Athlone region it will be the same and it will work on a first-come-first-served basis,” he says.Salie says no-one will be turned away if the limit is exceeded; however, his team will have to take the size of the venue into consideration as it can only hold about 15 men. “The feedback from fathers who attended the previous workshops has all been positive. They believe that the training is really helpful and it has helped them realise the importance of being a better father. “For others it has also made them understand that they are not perfect and everyone should have the right to raise their children. You need to step up, be disciplined, and it all starts with you as an individual and father.”The workshop will take place at the Athlone Library, every Thursday during the month of November, from 18:00 to 20:00. V For more information, call the Parent Centre on 021 762 0116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.