80% of men in the UK will experience fatherhood in their lifetime, and we know that children have better outcomes in life when both parents are actively involved in their upbringing from the moment they are born. Our aim is to support and inspire Dads, children and families throughout Edinburgh, to ensure they have the strongest relationships they can. Our hope is through achieving this, there will be a larger shift in society toward accepting the vital role Dads play.
Our playgroups are special. They are a place where men can learn from each other, build confidence, spend quality time with their children and have a load of fun. We play together, make friends, learn to draw, read stories, count, investigate, go on trips, make pancakes, generally mess about and have a great time.
Becoming a parent can be daunting for anyone. For young men without family support, that may be compounded at a time of setting up a first home, finding work, learning to manage finances, and handle other new pressures of life. We are here to offer one to one mentoring to help young dads, aged 25 or under.
We run 'Dads2b' antenatal classes specifically for Dads with NHS Lothian. The focus is on helping the men to understand how important they are and their role is to both Mum and baby. We aim to give them the confidence and skills to enjoy this incredible part of their family life.
We work in primary schools on special projects to add variety to the school experience, acting as positive male role models to the children and helping develop parental engagement. In secondary schools we promote fatherhood and its importance to both boys and girls, for whom starting a family may not be far off.
There are many ways you can help us to continue to provide our services to those in need. To find out how to Donate, Fundraise or Volunteer visit our support us page.