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Dad Matters in Manchester exists to support dads to have the best possible relationship with their children. We work closely with other professionals within Greater Manchester and nationally to better support dads in the first 1001 days of their parenting journey.  We offer Outreach services/drop-ins at Manchester hospitals, and family hubs, provide one-to-one peer support to dads, Signpost, and support dads to access services and information to help make sense of being a dad and supporting dads with anxiety, stress and mental health awareness.  We offer the following to all fathers in Manchester who are expecting a baby or have a child under 2 years old.

We aim to help dads have successful relationships with their families, and to support dads with anxiety, stress, and mental health issues.  We hope to get dads engaged with services that have traditionally been targeted at mums, and to train & support volunteer dads to work with us.

We work directly with services that support Dads, families and especially babies to increase engagement and knowledge across the sector.  We want to make sure dads know how important they are, how to access support when they need it and why it’s essential for baby’s development.

Dad Matters in Manchester exists to support dads to have the best possible relationship with their children. We work closely with other professionals within Greater Manchester and nationally to better support dads in the first 1001 days of their parenting journey.  We offer Outreach services/drop-ins at Manchester hospitals, and family hubs, provide one-to-one peer support to dads, Signpost, and support dads to access services and information to help make sense of being a dad and supporting dads with anxiety, stress and mental health awareness.  We offer the following to all fathers in Manchester who are expecting a baby or have a child under 2 years old.

– At Dad Matters Manchester, we are fully committed to delivering one-on-one peer support. Our primary objective is to assist fathers in accessing essential services and information while enriching their understanding of their role as dads. This includes connecting fathers with resources and offering guidance to manage anxiety, stress, and promote awareness of mental health issues that can impact on us all. Enquiries for one-to-one support will open in November 2023

– Walk and talks once a month in the many parks we have on our doorstep

Keep an eye on our social media to keep up to date with the up-coming walk and talks. These are a great way to talk to other dads, share some quality time with your children and have some peer-to-peer support from our coordinators and volunteers, or just talk about the football.

– Antenatal Clinic Outreach in North Manchester, Wythenshawe, and St Marys hospital.

Join us every Thursday morning at each of the hospitals in Manchester. If you are having a scan, appointment or just need someone to talk to, why not pop along from 10am-1pm each Thursday to talk to our Coordinator or volunteer.

Join Dad Matters for a FREE online workshop for dads-to-be and new dads with babies under 12 weeks old.  During this online video session, we will talk about our three key topics: Attachment and Bonding, Mum’s and Dad’s Mental Health and Wellbeing and Access to Appropriate Services.  We also cover Labour, Birth and Beyond from a dad’s perspective.  This is your chance to learn about aiding your baby’s development, consoling your baby, how to cope with a crying baby, how to look after yourself in this major life transition, how to support your partner, where to go for help, support, advice, and education about new babies!

Every 3rd Tuesday and 3rd Saturday of each month.  Book online at dadmatters.org.uk.

For any more information on the support we can offer fathers in Manchester, please contact our coordinator: matthew.gill@homestartmcr.org.uk

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