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Dads Group at Great Lever Children’s Centre

A brand new activity session just for Dads, male carers and their children!

A session where you can meet other Dads and enjoy exciting activities with your children!  It may be music, singing or it could be drawing, colouring, sticking or sports.

Whatever it is, you and your little one will enjoy playing together with other children and Dads.

This is a drop session, no need to book just come along. Visit the website for more information.


MhIST provides services like counselling, mindfulness meditation, dramatherapy, craft and social group which enable people to cope with anxiety and emotional distress.

Helping people to put strategies and plans in place so that they are able to deal with problems more effectively in future perhaps by learning relaxation or by having a practiced way of dealing with upset.

Bolton NHS FT Parenting Support Programme

Bolton NHS FT offer a wide range of support services including a Parenting Support Programme which can be accessed through your locals children’s centre. See your local children’s centre for more details.

Bolton Information and Advisory Service

A free community-based service which aims to support family’s with children from 0-25 years through education, health and social care services.

Living Life To The Full

Free online courses covering low mood, stress and resilience. Work out why you feel as you do, how to tackle problems, build confidence, get going again, feel happier, stay calm, tackle upsetting thinking and more. The courses are free for individuals using them in their own lives.


  • provides a telephone helpline available 7 days a week from 9.00am until 10.00pm.

  • offers advice and information on how to cope with a sleepless baby and/or a crying baby.

  • conducts research and increases public awareness.

Bolton Start Well

The Bolton Start Well Service works with the early years workforce; children and families and other professionals to ensure the best possible start in life for every child.

Directions for Men

Directions For Men provides groups and activities where men can meet other men talk about issues affecting them and receive support, a listening ear and some guidance.

Getting It Right From The Start

This a booklet on attachment and bonding for new parents. In the booklet you will find some really useful videos with lots of great information to help you support your baby.

Best Beginnings 

Best Beginnings aims to give every child in the UK the best start in life.

The Association of Infant Mental Health (AIMH)

Information for parents and professionals on how to respond to a baby in a way that fosters emotional wellbeing. Parents can register for free to access numerous videos and other resources about parenting.

Understanding Childhood

Free downloadable information leaflets created by the child psychotherapy trust.

NHS Choices

Includes keeping well in pregnancy, antenatal care and baby’s development, vaccinations in pregnancy through to labour and birth, your new baby, feeding, teething and tantrums.


A local charity of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times.

Andy’s Man Club

A safe, weekly meeting for men to get together and talk about how they’re doing. Weekly meetings across the UK, including Manchester and Oldham.

CALM- Campiagn Against Living Miserably

CALM offer a frontline service to support mental health and can be a great help when you are really struggling or in crisis.

Dads Unlimited

There are a number of issues that often get overlooked when it comes to mens’ relationship breakdowns and subsequent single-parenting including domestic abuse, access, financial agreements, bullying, anxiety, depression, and loneliness – advice, services and support are tailored towards your situation and your needs.

Urban Outreach

Urban Outreach is an innovative charity in Bolton which find solutions to difficult and intractable social problems. They offer support to Children and Families and also support with food and cold weather provision.

Contact Dan Blackman, your local Dad Matters Coordinator, using this form…

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