One Hundred Dads project
Working Out Dads
Wyndham Working Out Dads May 2019
Are you a dad with a child under 4 years of age living with you? Are you interested in meeting other dads and spending time talking about the things that matter to you? Would you like to learn more about your health and well-being? Could you do with a weekly workout?
Tweddle are thrilled to announce we are now recruiting for two Working Out Dads programs with thanks to a Community Health grant from the Wyndham City Council.
The program will commence at Eagle Stadium in Werribee on Thursday 2nd of May and continue weekly on Thursday nights for 6 weeks, with a new additional 7th session to be decided by the group.
Following on from research and evaluation, the group’s meeting time has increased and is now 7pm – 9pm. The Dads discussion time runs from 7-8.30pm and exercise from 8.30pm to 9pm.
6 Thursday nights
May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th and June 6th
Date of 7th and final session to be advised
Download the Wyndham Working Out Dads Flyer here.
To enroll in the Working Out Dads program phone (03) 9689 1577 and speak with Manager, Community Programs.
In 2019/20 Tweddle will seek funding to deliver more programs for more dads. We are inviting partners and sponsors to join us in changing families, communities and workplaces, one dad at a time. Let us know if you can help.
Healthy dads are vital to families. Conclusive research confirms dads play a significant role in the social, cognitive, emotional and physical well-being of their children from infancy with lasting influences into their adult life.
Working Out Dads is a free after-hours therapeutic parenting program for dads, held in fitness centres. The program features facilitated discussion and exercise, handouts and text messages. Themes cover parenting, relationships, mental health, fitness and well-being.
The objective of Working Out Dads is to connect, support and strengthen the capacity of dads in the very early years of parenting. There is also a goal to become less isolated and more resilient and supportive during the transition to early parenting and to promote healthy lifestyle choices.
Run by a male facilitator, Working Out Dads covers:
- 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
- Working on your health, fitness and well-being for you, your child and your family
Thank you to the following organisations and individuals who supported Working Out Dads in 2018;
Key Funding Partners
- Mr Craig Rowley, dad and resident of Melbourne’s west
Why help dads?
Conclusive, compelling research confirms dads play a significant role in the social, cognitive, emotional and physical well-being of their children from infancy with lasting influences into their adult life.
The first year after having a baby is a period when some fathers are at risk of isolation and psychological challenges. Fathering research conducted at Tweddle in 2012 by the Parenting Research Centre showed the majority of fathers admitted to a residential program had mental health symptoms, and one in five men were experiencing clinically significant levels of distress.
Feedback from the first Working Out Dads round included;
“I will be able to seek help when I find it difficult”
“It was great being able to share experiences and hear other dads are facing the same problems so we’re not alone”
“I have learnt that the challenges that I will face in the future as a parent are normal and that I just need to learn to manage them”
“I have an awareness of how to communicate effectively with all those around me in particular my partner”
“I’ve learned about my stress and about talking to my partner and child more”
‘Babies and young children need engaged, supported dads for better life outcomes’