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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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The story so far - AGM Sept 2016

Year of the Dad dashboardThanks to all those who came along to our AGM this week.

It was great to have the opportunity to share a little of the Year of the Dad story so far, including these inspiring facts and figures - and have the chance to talk about some of the experiences that have touched us along the way.

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David Drysdale's Funeral

Thanks Steve McGintyFollowing the death of our CEO David Drysdale on Monday 4th July, his family have announced that his funeral will be at 4.00 pm on Friday 15th July in the Lorimer Chapel, Warriston Crematorium.

As attendance is expected to be large, please let us know if you're planning to come by visiting our dedicated page on the Year of the Dad site where you can RSVP, read directions and other information about the ceremony David himself helped to plan for his friends and family:

David's death has prompted a deluge of tributes including these obituaries in the Scotsman and Herald, and this article in the Edinburgh Evening News.  

Thankyou to all of you for reaching out with such kindness and warm tributes at this sad time.

David Drysdale has died

David_Headshot.jpgWE are deeply saddened to announce that David Drysdale, the much-loved social entrepreneur who founded Fathers Network Scotland and Year of the Dad, has died, aged 50.

The father of two children - including a baby girl conceived only weeks before he was paralysed by a rare form of cancer – David was a popular and widely-respected campaigner, with a particular passion for men’s personal development and the role of dads in families.

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Join our Board!

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Fathers Network Scotland (FNS) wishes to appoint volunteer members for its non-Executive Board to provide strategic leadership and take the organisation to the next stage of its development. We are in the midst of delivering the Year of the Dad ( in partnership with the Scottish Government and a raft of organisations. This has been a significant and rewarding step up for us as a Board and for our operational team, and we are now planning ahead to ensure sustainability.

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