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The home of father-friendly news, thoughts and creative insights from FNS and our guest bloggers. Let us know what you think – and if you’ve got an idea for a blog post you’d like to write for us, get in touch with FNS!

'Be There, Be Yourself' Champions: Bryan

We feel really grateful to be able to share with you the honest experiences of our next #BeThereBeYourself champion, Bryan. 

Our new campaign, The Big Monster Mashup, confronts gender stereotyping around fatherhood. We're sharing the message to father-figures across Scotland, to “Be there, be yourself”, to encourage them to celebrate their diversity, to feel supported when discussing their emotions, to feel empowered to embrace a care-giving role, and above all to find joy in the little things.

Remember, you can join in our #BeThereBeYourself campaign by creating your own illustrations. You can find out more here.

 

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The Dads' Fund

Fathers Network Scotland works with organisations funded by the Cattanach Trust's Dads' Fund, which was set up in 2016 to mark the Year of the Dad. These organisations support families across Scotland, ensuring that the dads they engage with are able to be as involved in their children's lives as possible. Here we showcase three of those organisations: One Parent Families Scotland, Dads Rock and Relationships Scotland.

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Liberating Dads Means Liberating Mums Too!

Susie HeywoodGender Friendly Nurseries provides training to nursery staff on the impacts of gender stereotyping and supports nurseries to work towards Gender Friendly Nursery status. It was piloted in North East Glasgow and is currently being rolled out across the city. Co-founder Susie Heywood, of the North East Glasgow Health Improvement Team, tells us about the inspiration behind Gender Friendly Nurseries, the impact of gender stereotyping on families in Scotland, and why she supports the Fathers Network Scotland #BeThereBeYourself campaign.

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'Be There, Be Yourself' Champions: Jenny

We're so excited to share with you the experiences of our first #BeThereBeYourself champion, Jenny. 

Our new campaign, The Big Monster Mashup, confronts gender stereotyping around fatherhood. We're sharing the message to father-figures across Scotland, to “Be there, be yourself”, to encourage them to celebrate their diversity, to feel supported when discussing their emotions, to feel empowered to embrace a care-giving role, and above all to find joy in the little things - and to be silly! All with the help of My Happy Journal. You can find out more about our competition here.

Jenny's daughter has drawn her as a superhero monster, flying across town day or night to help.

 

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The Big Monster MashUp Competition

Everyone benefits when dads and father figures are empowered as caregivers – mums, children, families, employers and society at large. We’re passionate about building a world where diversity is celebrated and the nurturing role of father figures is recognised and respected. 

The Big Monster Mashup campaign was borne out of a desire to confront gender stereotyping around fatherhood. We're sharing the message to father-figures across Scotland, to “Be there, be yourself”, to encourage them to celebrate their diversity, to feel supported when discussing their emotions, to feel empowered to embrace a care-giving role, and above all to find joy in the little things - and to be silly!

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Big Monster Mashup Competition Terms and Conditions

Mental Health Support For New Dads is Crucial

Over the last six months we've focused our attention on dads' mental health. Suicide remains the biggest killer of men under the age of 50 in Scotland. In an attempt to reduce this heart-breaking statistic we have been running the 'How Are You Dad?' pilot project. Funded by the Scottish Government, we've trained nearly 70 professionals from the NHS, local authorities, third sector organisations and the private sector to check in with new dads about how they're feeling. This Father's Day, we're releasing the evaluation for that pilot, backed up with the data from our recent Dads' Mental Health and Wellbeing Survey. 

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WANTED: Men to Mentor our Teenage Boys

It’s better to grow emotionally literate boys than it is to fix broken men – but how do we men become the role models our teenagers need? NICK THORPE is excited about a new mentor training coming to Scotland for the first time.

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The Kiltwalk: Our Director's Experience

Have you signed up for the Kiltwalk yet? Our Director Dave Devenney and beautiful Labrador, Molly, took part in the Glasgow event and the rest of the team have been raring to go ever since. Did you know that you can support Fathers Network Scotland while exploring some beautiful countryside and anything you raise will be topped up by 40%? Here's Dave's story. Be warned: You'll have donned your walking boots and kilt before you reach the end!

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Award-Winning Success For Maternity Unit

Chris Miezitis is Fathers Network Scotland's Programme Lead. He runs our Understanding Dad training, which helps practitioners and services identify a more inclusive approach to their practice and service delivery. Chris also leads our How Are You Dad? pilot project, working with midwives and health visitors to encourage the involvement of dads from the antenatal stage right through to postnatal checks. Victoria Hospital Maternity Unit has recently won an award for a piece of promotional content and Chris tells us why this is such a huge achievement.

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