Tweddle Dads

Working Out Dads Brimbank kicks off in August

Working Out Dads Brimbank kicks off in August

By Kerrie Gottliebsen

With thanks to The Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, Tweddle is now recruiting for the Brimbank Working Out Dads group commencing August 15th. The program will be delivered at the Sunshine Leisure Centre on Thursday evenings between 7pm and 9pm for six weeks and a seventh week decided by the group. Working Out Dads is for dads of babies and children up to age 4. Dads have an hour and a half of facilitated group discussion followed by a 30 minute workout. Tweddle has delivered 14 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.

Tweddle will soon be recruiting for the next Wyndham Working Out Dads in October at Eagle Stadium.

Visit the Working Out Dads page for more information and the Working Out Dads Brimbank Flyer


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