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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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Grandparenting: love across the generations

Ann & her dad in 1953There are many sorts of father-figure - and they can span generations. ANN ROBERTS, co-chair of Fathers Network Scotland, explains how her dad inspired her to conduct new research into the nurturing role of grandparents.


ONE of my fondest childhood memories of my dad is how he would look after us when mum went to the bingo of an evening. He would turn our toy box upside down so that we could find toys we hadn’t played with for a while.

The place would be a bombsite for a while, until dad said: “Right! Mum will be home soon, let’s pack up!” When Mum came through the door, we would have a secret smile on our faces.   

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Year of the Dad launches in Media

Our CEO David Drysdale talks to STVIt’s barely ten days since the launch of Year of the Dad – and already we’ve been delighted by extensive and supportive coverage in print, online and broadcast media.

Clearly this celebration of the difference a great dad can make has struck a chord across the nation.

To read some of the coverage and finish this blog, head over to the Year of the Dad website, where we'll be posting most of our news...

Dad on the Frontline

Dave Deveney

The rigours of active service and long absences can exact a heavy toll on military dads. But FNS Development Manager DAVE DEVENNEY learned that love and nurture weren't dependent on constant proximity...

Imagine working every day in searing 80c heat, where the desert terrain shimmers and the powdery dust kicked up by the wind clogs your eyes and nostrils, making them constantly stream.

Imagine having to carry around 80-100lbs of kit every day at work, every bit of which your life or another’s may depend upon.

Imagine a place where you are never, ever ‘off’ and you know that determined people are eager to see you dead, your next step could trigger a landmine or a snipers bullet can end your life in a heartbeat…

Imagine Helmand Province, in its day, one of the most hostile places on the planet. Imagine trying to be a good dad for the six months you are just trying to survive there. Just imagine.

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