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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! All with the help of My Happy Journal.

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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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#HowAreYouDad From a Mum's Perspective

Our Head of Marketing & Digital Content - Kirsty Nicholls - explains why she's walking the Kiltwalk for Fathers Network Scotland and why the charity's work is so important to her and her family.

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Fatherhood & the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Did you know that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history? 196 countries agree with it. It’s refreshing to consider this in light of the current global political discord, but perhaps unsurprising - and endlessly reassuring - when considering the citizens who it protects: Children.

 

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Walk the Kiltwalk for Fathers Network Scotland

Fresh air, fun, family, friends and a great day out! Sound like your kind of thing? Then why not sign up for the Kiltwalk, enjoy one of the biggest outdoor events in Scotland and raise vital funds for Fathers Network Scotland at the same time!

 

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Six Months' Paid Parental Leave For Dad

At our International Women's Day conference, we heard from Aviva who have launched a group-wide policy to offer men and women equal parental leave. Parents employed by Aviva will be eligible to the same amount of paid and unpaid time off, regardless of gender. We at Fathers Network Scotland are campaigning for an individual right to equal parent leave for both mums and dads, so we were keen to hear from a father who has experienced this. Matthew Kennedy is an Aviva employee from Glasgow and we asked him about his six months' paid parental leave.

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