Working Out Dads
There was a huge deficit in programs that supported dads in the very early years. Responding to research, Tweddle set about doing something about it.
In 2016/17 fifty-nine dads from 17 suburbs across Melbourne’s west took part in a new after hours parenting program called ‘Working Out Dads’ developed by men’s group-work academic Andrew King and Tweddle and partially funded by Wyndham City Council and North Western Melbourne PHN.
Tweddle’s One Hundred Dads project is a social impact investing project to raise funds to provide Working Out Dads in ten locations across Melbourne’s west.
Tweddle has a goal to raise $100,000 to support one hundred dads to participate in ten, 6 week Working Out Dads programs. We are seeking one hundred businesses/individuals to help us reach our goal by June 2018 with recruiting for groups commencing in July 2018.
Donations to One Hundred Dads are tax deductible. The One Hundred Dads Project will change your community, one dad at a time in the six western municipalities of Maribyrnong, Wyndham, Brimbank, Moonee Valley, Melton and Hobsons Bay.
Tweddle’s ‘Working Out Dads‘ is an after hours program run by a male facilitator for dads living with their 0-4 aged children. The 6 week program brings dads together each week for 1 hour of group discussion and 30 minutes of a guided gym workout. The Working Out Dads pilot ran in 2016/17. 59 Dads took part in seven programs which saw a statistically significant improvement in the mental health and parenting confidence in the dads that participated.
Run by a male facilitator, Working Out Dads works on:
- Developing parenting skills and confidence and building positive relationships with your child
- Juggling the needs of your family, work and your own needs
- The changing dynamics of relationships and how to maintain positive adult relationships
- Managing stress and pressure and practical ways to cope when things get tough
- Focussing on the future for you, your child and your family
The group includes weekly text messages, handouts and online resources.
We invite you to help more dads in the community connect with their babies and young children and learn how important they are in the lives of their families. Contact Tweddle’s Communications Manager on (03) 9689 1577 or send an email . We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your involvement.
Resources for dads can be found at our Dads’ Information Centre