Dad Matters Bristol exists to support dads to have the best possible relationship with their families. We work closely with other professionals within Bristol and nationally to better support dads in the first 1001 days of their parenting journey.
We offer outreach services/drop-ins at maternity centres, and community venues, provide 1:1 peer support to dads, signposting to other services and support dads to access services and information to help make sense of being a dad and supporting dads with anxiety, stress and mental health awareness.

Ways we are supporting dads

One to One Support
One to One SupportIn person- Online- Over the phone
Dad Matters Bristol offer one to one support with the aim being to help dads have successful relationships with their families. We want to make sure dads know how important they are and how to access further support if they need it. One to one support is tailored to the individual and offered on a referral basis (which includes self referral). The referral form can be found at the top of this page.
New Dads Workshop
New Dads WorkshopOnline
A free online workshop for dads-to-be and new dads with babies under 12 weeks old.
During this online video session, we will talk about our three key topics; Attachment and Bonding, Mum’s and Dad’s Mental Health and Wellbeing and Access to Appropriate Services.
This is your chance to learn about aiding your baby’s development, consoling your baby, how to cope with a crying baby, how to look after yourself in this major life transition, how to support your partner, where to go for help, support, advice and education about new babies!

Go to https://dadmatters.org.uk/workshop/ to book your place.

Antenatal Outreach
Antenatal OutreachIn person
Meeting expectant Dads at Antenatal fayres and drop in sessions on Bristol’s antenatal wards and joining Community Midwives to help deliver ‘Hello Baby’ Antenatal classes at Bristol’s Children’s Centres. This is where we will get to share our knowledge and experience of fatherhood with expectant Dads and act as an advocate for them within medical settings. Click on ‘Our Current Events’ to see just where and when we’ll be popping up, or follow us on https://www.facebook.com/DadMattersBrstl

Meet the team

Jerome Cross
Jerome CrossCoordinator
Hi, I’m Jerome.
I’ve spent the last thirteen years working in early years education and the last nine being a Dad to one, then two, then three small humans, with cats and dogs appearing in between, as a sort of fire break I guess? When I’m not working I’m usually found leading said kids and dog through the various woodlands of Bristol, or zipping them out and about to cinemas, zoos and swimming pools on the back of one of those absurd cargo bikes.
I also enjoy brewing my own ale, playing my guitars and losing horribly at board games.
I’m really excited to bring my own experiences of fatherhood with me; I’ve had to fight for my eldest child’s additional needs to be recognised, performed an emergency delivery with the second, and very nearly lost the third, and on each occasion I really struggled to reach out for support at the time, so its now a great honour to be part of the support Dad Matters offers.

Joining our team

If your a dad who’s had experience with Dad Matters in the past and would like to help other dads, who are in a current situation you have been, then we would love to hear from you, your help and input can be invaluable.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Even if you haven’t had experience with us in the past, then don’t let this put you off, as with any volunteers , we offer training and help is at hand every day.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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