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Support for Dads in Three Towns

Support for dads in the Three Towns has received a boost thanks to an exciting new venture between North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership and Scottish charity Dads Rock.

This innovative project was made possible thanks to funding from the Scottish Government’s Whole Family Wellbeing Fund.

Ryan, who has a wealth of experience both as a Family Support Worker and Dads Worker in Glasgow, said: “I got into working with dads because of the challenges I faced as a new dad and in life in general. There wasn’t any support for guys like me that I knew of. I’m really happy to say that’s not the case anymore.

“I’ve been connecting with dads for years now and really enjoy getting to help them face all sorts of challenges. I’ve worked with hundreds of dads and supported them with getting to know their new babies, understanding their growing children, facing life’s challenges and more.”

Working with dads from a wide range of backgrounds who have been referred by their health visitor, family nurse, midwife or perinatal wellbeing team, Ryan can provide one-to-one support for dads that will impact on the whole family and improve outcomes for children, whether that be parenting advice, confidence building or support with general wellbeing.

It is hoped that additional activities such as dads’ antenatal workshops, support groups and trips could be developed as Ryan’s role progresses, helping to foster peer support and reduce the social isolation that many dads may be feeling.

Thomas Lynch, CEO of Dads Rock, said: “This is fantastic news for families. We’re proud to be part of this collaboration with North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

“It’s a chance to give dads more space and recognition for the positive impact they have on their children’s lives, and offers a great opportunity for dads to come together and learn from one another. We look forward to seeing this develop in North Ayrshire.”

Smiling Dad with Dad's Rock slogan tshirt

Having a dedicated Dads Rock worker within our Universal Early Years team will be a huge boost to dads and families in the Three Towns.

Ryan’s experience – not only in working with dads and families, but as a dad himself – means he is well placed to understand the types of support that can make a real impact.

His aim is to help local dad’s to build on their strengths as a parent and within their families.

You can find out more about Dads Rock by visiting the Dads Rock website. If you are a dad or dad-to-be living in the Three Towns area and think you could benefit from this service, please speak to your midwife, health visitor or family nurse.

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