Working Out Dads

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?

Working Out Dads Inner West (Footscray)

Tweddle’s next Working Out Dads group for dads working and living around Melbourne’s inner west starts on April 16th. Spaces are limited so reserve your space. The groups will take place on Thursday nights with an additional seventh week decided by the dads.

Where:                        RecWest – Cnr Essex & Market Sts – West Footscray VIC 3012
When:                         Six Thursday nights – April 16, 23rd, 30th, May 7th, 14th, 21st
Time:                           7pm – 9pm
Cost:                           Free
Food:                          Light refreshments (free)

Download the Working Out Dads Flyer for more information

Email Manager Community Programs or phone us on 9689 1577 to reserve a place in our next group with Footscray in the subject line.

What is Working Out Dads?

Tweddle has delivered 17 Working Out Dads programs across Melbourne’s West. Overwhelmingly, dads have told us the program has helped to reduce stress, improve health and relationships and increase parenting confidence.

The Working Out Dads evaluation aims to address a significant gap in knowledge about the effectiveness of early intervention and prevention approaches to promote the health and well-being of fathers in the early years of parenting, to inform policy and best practice in promoting the mental health of fathers and the prevention of family conflict.

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 demands 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

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 Fathers after participating in Working Out Dads:

“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”

Thank you to the following organisations and individuals;

2020 Key Funding Partners

For further resources, including websites, books and blogs,  visit Tweddle’s Dads Information Centre

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