Local support for dads: what is there?

All of us feel out of our depth at times, and you may get to the point when you need advice, local support or just want some company and other parents to talk to! The good news is that there is more of this kind of help available for British dads than ever before. Here are some ideas of where you can get some support or just meet other parents...

CHILDREN’S CENTRES

Sure Start Children’s Centres offer parents access to integrated services and information. They are specifically committed to making them more father-inclusive.

They offer a variety of services, from antenatal education to baby weight in clinics. They may also offer groups or activities like Baby Massage, where you can access support and information, meet other parents, and spend time with your baby.

PLAYGROUPS OR BABY CLASSES

An easy way to meet other parents and to get your child playing with other children is to join a playgroup or do a baby/toddler class. Parents or childminders accompany children for sessions that can vary in length from 30 minutes to a couple of hours.

There will usually be some kind of charge, depending on what kind of group or class it is. Playgroups are often informal in nature, while classes will have a structure and be led by a teacher.

There are a wide variety of groups and classes available, so if the first one you attend doesn’t float your boat, try another.

CHILDREN’S LIBRARIES

Most public libraries run weekly parent-child sessions in their children’s departments. This often involves choosing books, toys and tapes/CDs to borrow, after which everyone sits in a circle and the children’s librarian reads a children’s book, followed by a sing-song. 

DAD SPECIFIC GROUPS/ACTIVITIES 

Not every area will have a dad & child specific group or class, but more and more of these are springing up, so check out your local area to see if there is one. These are great for meeting other dads as well as having some one-to-one time with your little one. 

 

Updated: Oct 2017

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    Brian Davey. Family Service Worker. Greenleaves Family Centre. Crewe Road. Sandbach CW11 4NE Thursday, 27 October 2016

    DADS STUFF FATHERS GROUP IN CHESHIRE EAST.

    'Dads Stuff' fathers' group has two more dates this year. Thursday November 17th at The Lifestyle Centre in Crewe. Thursday December 15th at Sandbach Children's Centre. New dates being planned for 2017.

    Dads bring the children for a fun evening. Dads come on their own if they want to meet with Family Support Workers to discuss dads issues.

    Stay for 3 hours or drop in to suit at any time.

    Open to all male carers and grandads.

    Open to all professionals to bring along any fathers who could benefit from additional support, want ‘dads and kids time’, or who would like a chance to chat to other fathers.

    WE WANT TO HEAR FROM DADS AND MALE CARERS ABOUT WHAT THEY WANT FROM DADS GROUPS IN CHESHIRE EAST. HOW THEY FEEL A GROUP SHOULD BE STRUCTURED. WHAT SORT OF ADVICE OR ACTIVITIES, WHAT DAYS AND TIMES. WE HAVE RUN TRIPS ON SATURDAYS AND WANT TO INVOLVE DADS IN PLANNING THESE AND OTHER ACTIVITIES. THE GROUP HAS BEEN RUNNING SINCE APRIL 2014 AND WE WOUILD LIKE TO HEAR FROM DADS SO WE CAN TAKE THE GROUP FORWARD. PLEASE ATTEND ONE OF THE DATES ABOVE OR GIVE US A CALL

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    Daniel Halford Thursday, 25 January 2018

    New single dad.

    Hi there I am a new single dad, live in Crewe. I am looking to try and get involved in some single dad groups in the area.

    My dad is 8 months old. Due to some complications over the past year, I had to terminate my employment to take care of my daughter.

    It is all new to me, I go regularly to playgroups, but mostly it is only mothers and women, it is ok but I would like to mic with other men aswell.

    I am looking to see about single dads groups in the area.

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    Kona higham Wednesday, 29 August 2018

    Struggling single dad

    I live around Burnley padiham area and I've been a single dad for just over 8months my son is a little over 1 year old and i am 19 so lately I've been struggling coping with everything that's going on and I'd just like to know if there are any places to go for single dad's close by just so I have someone to talk to due to court processes and threats and such I don't get out much and don't have anyone to talk to to get things off my chest if anyway could tell me anything it would be very much appreciated thank you

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