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David Drysdale Memorial Award Announced

HaveyTilley-SamPringle-DougalDrysdale.jpgThe Independent Living Fund Scotland today became the first recipient of the David Drysdale Memorial Award for best emloyer for all stages offatherhood at the Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards. NICK THORPE reports from a poignant ceremony at Glasgow’s Lighthouse.

IT was a moment of unusual emotion in a ceremony that has become an annual fixture on the Scottish business calendar: the inaugural David Drysdale Memorial award presented by David’s own father, to a company embodying the dad-friendly practice he championed until his death last year.  

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Year of the Dad debated at Westminster

Neil Gray & David LammyThere was rare cross-party consensus in Westminster yesterday over the importance of fathers, as several MPs called for a UK-wide Year of the Dad following Scotland's example. Here in full is the opening speech by NEIL GRAY, MP for Airdrie and Shotts, who brought the subject to Westminster Hall for debate. 

Watch the full debate here (starts 16.30). Read full transcript in Hansard here.

One of my proudest moments, not only as a father, but as a parliamentarian, was taking my young daughter and son through the voting Lobby with me on Friday to see the Bill introduced by my hon. Friend the Member for Banff and Buchan (Dr Whiteford) pass its final stages in the Commons. 

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Cattanach Trust Dads' Fund Launch

Cattanachsession.jpgThursday 2 February saw the official launch of the Cattanach Trust Dads’ Fund which was developed in recognition of Year of the Dad. 

We are delighted to be working with 10 organisations funded by Cattanach, and we will be supporting the fund-holders as they establish their projects, helping to share best practice and shine a light on the great work they’re doing.

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FNS Seeking Board Members


Do you want to help build a father-friendly Scotland?

Fathers Network Scotland (FNS) is seeking to appoint further members to our non-Executive Board as we take this dynamic organisation to the next stage of its development. 

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Dads wanted for research

NHS_dad_research.jpgWant to see dads more accurately represented in TV advertising? Got a child under four? Why not take part in some new research? SHANNEN DERWIN explains...

I am a 4th Year, Social Science Student at Edinburgh Napier University. I am currently undertaking a research study looking into advertising of baby products and the relationship this has (if any) with the way that fathers experience fatherhood and parenting of young children.

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Year of the Dad - thank you & let's keep going!

YOTDreviewfrontpage.jpgIt was 12 months of celebration, collaboration and change for families and organisations across Scotland. In the wake of Year of the Dad, NICK THORPE looks at what we’ve all achieved – and what we might hope for in 2017 and beyond.

WHAT was your best Year of the Dad moment?

My personal favourite was watching school children proudly premiere their own Song for Dad at the Edinburgh Zoo launch, applauded by hundreds of guests from organisations and families across Scotland. It set the tone for the year, and showed that celebrating the difference a great dad can make is ultimately about improving our children’s lives.

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Stub it Out

Smoking_in_cars_photolr.jpgAfter 5th December 2016, it is illegal in Scotland to smoke in the car with children. DAVID ROBERTSON of Ash Scotland offers support to help dads and others to stub out the habit for good as the new law takes effect.

CHANGE is in the air to protect our kids from the harm caused by second-hand smoke.  Since 2006 when indoor public places became smoke-free there has been much better awareness of the harm caused by other people’s tobacco smoke. Now most smokers do so outside the home, and avoid smoking in the car with passengers. 

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In Praise of Dads - Jo Swinson TEDx

2013-12-28_Duncan_Jo___baby_Andrew_Swinson_lr.jpegAs UK government minister and MP for East Dunbartonshire until 2015, JO SWINSON'S proudest achievement was introducing shared parental leave. In this passionate & pragmatic TEDx talk, she shows how children, parents and our economy all benefit when dads play their full role in family life.

It’s magical, when you see your baby for the first time. That tiny, grainy image on the screen and the soft, racing heartbeat just make you fall in love.

Months later in the hospital delivery room when you cradle this fragile bundle in your arms, you’re flooded with exhaustion, relief, and an overwhelming urge to protect.

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Running 10K for David's Family

David and baby MayaMEMBERS of the Fathers Network Scotland team are putting on their running shoes on to take part in the Edinburgh Men's Health 10K. We'll be raising money to support the family of our beloved friend and CEO David Drysdale, who died from cancer in July at the age of 50.

Board member Nick Smithers - one of those involved with setting up the charity at the very start with David - will be joined by his teenage son Gregor, acting CEO Sam Pringle and Head of Comms Nick Thorpe to run the race, all of us wearing Year of the Dad T-shirts. 

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Launch of New Dads Workshops

shutterstock_237839584.jpgBecoming a dad is amazing, rewarding and challenging. So in National Work Life Week, we're proud to unveil our new dads workshops – successfully piloted this year to help employers support first-time fathers.

This week is National Work Life Week – a much-needed opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on work-life balance and well-being at work.

And we’re particularly proud to be using the NWLW Scotland conference this week to launch the New Dads Workshops we’ve been piloting with major public sector employers in the Year of the Dad – a way for employers them to support first-time dads at an important time in their lives.

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