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

Ways we are supporting dads

Hospital and Registry Office Drop-Ins -
Hospital and Registry Office Drop-Ins - Calderdale Royal Hospital and Spring Hall Registry Office
Every Friday between 10am – 12pm you can find one of our coordinators or volunteers in Calderdale Royal Hospital. Here to give support, advice and a space and time to talk about whatever you need, we are there for Dads starting their journey into parenthood or extending their family. We will visit the antenatal scan waiting room, the Neonatal unit, the labour ward and Ward 4.

We are also regularly in attendance at Spring Hall Registry Office, the location for birth registration in Calderdale. If you are registering your baby, pop in for a chat about how things are going with a friendly coordinator. To find out when we will next be attending Spring Hall, email matthew.elliott@home-startleeds.co.uk

Antenatal and Parenting events -
Antenatal and Parenting events - Family Hubs across Calderdale
We regularly attend events run by Family Hubs across Calderdale, including Getting Ready for Baby sessions, antenatal classes, baby and toddler groups, breastfeeding groups and other sessions hosted by Family Hubs and other local organisations. For more information, please get in touch via matthew.elliott@home-startleeds.co.uk .
Dad Walk n Talks -
Dad Walk n Talks - Walks around Calderdale
On the third Saturday of every month through Summer and Autumn, we host a Walk n Talk event in different locations across Calderdale. This is a great opportunity for dads to meet other dads with similarly aged children in the local area, and to bond and share experiences of fatherhood. Follow the link for more details.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/dad-matters-calderdale-events-81654597923

Learn About Baby Communication -
Learn About Baby Communication - Across Calderdale
At Dad Matters, our coordinators undertake Newborn Behaviour Observation (NBO) training during our induction. Babies cannot communicate verbally so their method of communication is their behaviour. The NBO course teaches us how to understand what a baby is communicating by looking at their behaviour through a series of gentle observations. We can then do this with you to show you what your baby is telling us about themselves.

For more information about NBO, please follow the link below.

To discuss arranging an NBO with a Dad Matters Calderdale coordinator, please email matthew.elliott@home-startleeds.co.uk

Meet the team

Matt
MattCoordinator for Calderdale
Hi. I’m Matt and I am the coordinator for Calderdale. I have a daughter in primary school and a baby son. Being a father can be tough and often, the journey to fatherhood isn’t straightforward. I am proud to be part of Dad Matters to support dads through their journey. I love music, movies, football, and going on family trips to parks, farms and the cinema.

Joining our team

If you’re 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 in, then we would love to hear from you. Your help and input can be invaluable.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If you haven’t had experience with us in the past, then don’t let this put you off as we offer training for all volunteers and help is at hand every day.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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