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Dad & Me - project spotlight

dad-_narrow.jpgIn an update on our Cattanach Trust funded projects, CHRIS MIEZITIS hears how a dads group in Levenmouth, Fife is getting on...

THE dads who attend Fife Gingerbread's Dad & Me project are often grappling with huge personal challenges.

"The work can be quite intense," says Mandy Ferguson, who began her role with Fife Gingerbread as the new Dad & Me Project Coordinator in April 2016. "When I started in post, I thought it would all be child development - but I've since discovered that to help dads to support their child you must first work to remove any barriers to their focus, for example housing, financial and addiction issues." 

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Fair Jobs for Dads!

CashorCarryDec17.pngFathers Network Scotland today backed calls for a complete overhaul of employment law and a well-paid three-month period of “daddy leave” following the publication of a major UK study into fatherhood.

The ground-breaking research review by the Fatherhood Institute, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, found that while fathers are now spending as much time caring for their very young children as mothers were in the 1960s, parenting is still far from gender-equal. The study – ‘Cash or Carry?’ – recommends ‘Fair Jobs for Dads’ to make it easier for fathers, as well as mothers, to care and earn for their families.

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Back to School Dad

Web_Res_HE.jpgSchools are looking to engage parents in their children’s education – and the forward-thinking ones are particularly keen to bring dads in. NICK THORPE reports on a rare opportunity to experience daily life in his son's high school...

WALKING up the steps to my first full school day in 30 years is a nerve-wracking moment. Even in middle age, I can feel a flutter of anxiety as the bell goes, taking me back to the days when life was partitioned into 50-minute chunks.

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Watching Dads in Xmas Ads

2017-11-03.pngAs the first big Christmas adverts hit our screens, PROF DAVID MARSHALL hopes for more nuanced portrayals of fathers at the heart of the home.

It’s that time of year again. Barely have the Halloween bonfire embers faded before our screens herald the first of 2017's big-hitting festive supermarket ads.

This year Asda and Argos have pipped John Lewis - traditionally the first of the seasonal crop - to unveil their creations, due to air this weekend. So what do they say - if anything - about fathers or father-figures?

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Dad-friendly Schools Resources Launched!

Massageclose.jpgHow do you make a school father-inclusive? Help is at hand with new resources from our pioneering Scottish pilot study. 

LOOKING out over a hall packed full of delighted dads getting back rubs from their children, Alison Cameron knew she was at a mountain top moment in her teaching career.

“You could actually feel the love in the room,” remembers the acting headteacher of Prestonpans Infant School, who coached the children in their carefully rehearsed Father’s Day gift. “When the children went back to their classrooms, the amount of male carers who came up to me and said thankyou for that!”

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New Project: Ask Dad

Mark_Hunter.jpgThe Ask Dad project will help Scottish dads to respond better to their children's health queries by running workshops and information sharing sessions addressing risk-taking and health and wellbeing. MARK HUNTER explains.

Hello! I am Mark, the new(ish) Ask Dad Project Officer and this is my first ever blog for Fast Forward, the national health and well-being charity working with Young People. 

Having previously enjoyed 13 years as a Youth Worker at the Pilton Youth and Children’s Project, I was delighted to take on a new challenge and join the team at Fast Forward at the beginning of May to work on the development of a brand new project called Ask Dad. 

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How Separated Parents can #DadUp

FNFS_BPM_LOGO_-_SQUARE_AT_28JUN17.png“What do you want time off for? You’re divorced aren’t you?” With assumptions like this still abounding for non-resident parents, FAMILIES NEED FATHERS SCOTLAND explains why our #DadUp initiative can offer crucial support.

Families Need Fathers Scotland enthusiastically supports the #DadUp! initiative.

Most of the concept material has so far focused on encouraging a more expansive recognition by employers of what they can do to assist mothers and fathers in sharing the tasks and pleasures and above all the time that goes with parenting their children in what’s indecorously called ‘intact families’.

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Funding for Dads' projects!

Cattanach.jpgDo you work with dads of young children? Would you like funding to extend your work in that direction? Here’s an exciting opportunity for you or your organisation.

One of the most exciting outcomes of Year of the Dad in 2016 was the Dads Fund set up by the Cattanach Trust to support work with fathers and their young children.

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DadUp your Workplace Survey

DadUp_workplace_survey.jpgDads! Have you made request to your employer to work in a more family-friendly way? Can you spare 5 minutes to complete our online survey? We really want to hear from you.

TAKE PART HERE

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Father's Day Survey 2017: What Scottish dads told us

Childcare.jpgSCOTLAND'S dads want an equal responsibility in caring for their children and are increasingly sharing roles once stereotyped as women’s work, according to Fathers Network Scotland’s dads survey.

Time and again those polled by FNS in our annual Father’s Day research said they need flexibility at work to support their children’s daily activities, and recognition as equal carer givers from services and schools.

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