Enjoy regular father-friendly news and insights from Fathers Network Scotland and our guest contributors. Contact FNS with your own story.

Time to get our hands dirty

David ManauFathers Network Scotland founder DAVID DRYSDALE sees huge potential – and an invigorating challenge – for dads in the wake of Scotland’s independence vote.

Whatever result you wanted from the recent referendum, it’s hard to deny the electrifying change it has brought to the way we engage with our country.

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Gender equality for dads

Emma WatsonOriginally published in the Herald newspaper

I WAS never much of a Harry Potter fan, but I believe Emma Watson’s first major speech as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador was more powerful than any spell she cast as Hermione Granger.

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Dads take the initiative

Christopher BarrheadCHRIS Turnbull and his one-year-old daughter Emily have an empowering message for dads who feel childcare services have forgotten them:

If you want a father-friendly playgroup, why not set one up yourself?

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Supporting single dads

Us Together Summer BBQ 2014Single dads face the same barriers and problems as single mums, but tend to be more isolated. For our first “Focus on Fatherswork” blog, we find out about the ground-breaking support work of Us Together, a dads’ service run by One Parent Families Scotland.

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Interview: Jo Swinson MP

Duncan Jo baby Andrew Swinson“Other than breast-feeding, I’ve yet to find something that dads aren’t able to do!”

An exclusive interview with Jo Swinson, MP for East Dunbartonshire, UK employment minister – and one of the architects of the new Shared Parental Leave legislation.

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From Fear to Paternity

Wingwalking WebresIntroducing NICK THORPE, journalist, travel writer, adoptive dad… and now National Development Officer for Fathers Network Scotland.

I love being a dad. It’s the hardest and richest thing I’ve ever done.

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DadsWork Saved!

DadsworkWe’re delighted to announce that pioneer support group DadsWork has been saved from closure! The dramatic turn-around came after more than 500 people signed a petition, and East Lothian Council stepped in to make up the funding shortfall.

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Do Dads Matter?

There comes a time when words must be backed up by action – and the threatened closure of DadsWork in East Lothian marks exactly that moment for those who say they want to help men to be the best fathers they can for their kids.


The pioneer support group is about to run out of funding just only weeks after the Scottish Parliament issued a call for expansion of such lifeline services – and ironically as we approach Father’s Day.

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FNS in the press

Check out our recent mentions in the press...

These are on the back of the announcement of Scottish Government funding for our Family Friendly Working Scotland initiative (in partnership with Working Families and Parenting Across Scotland) - as well as our contribution to the Equal Opportunities Committee at the Scottish Parliament on the 13th March 2014.

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Dundee Workshop

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