Dad Matters Conference 2022

20th June 2022

University of Bolton Stadium

Welcome to our overview of the conference, including links, videos and more…

Dad’s Stories

We contacted some of our dads from over the last couple of years, and managed to arrange for three of them to speak about their lived experience and how they engaged with Dad Matters.

We have shared their stories below – please be aware some of them discuss triggering topics, such as suicide, child loss and CPR on an infant. Please take care of yourself, and speak to someone if you need to.

Steve

Steve was first to speak. He isn’t often nervous when speaking about his experiences, but today he was emotional. Please watch this video documenting Steve’s Journey.

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Mike

Next up for the dads was Mike, one of our Bolton Volunteers. His video is here: 

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Job

Our third dad was Job, a volunteer for us now on our walk and talks, and our Mother and Baby unit drop in.

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Dan

One dad who didn’t share his story at the conference, but had it ready in case we needed it, was our very own Dan. As one of our perinatal cluster coordinators in Greater Manchester, Dan has worked with us for coming up to 2 years. His story is below.

Professionals

We have so many professionals and services that we work with to improve dad’s experiences, we knew that we would have to include some in our conference.

Dr. Pauline Lee

We had asked Dr. Pauline Lee, the Greater Manchester lead for Parent-Infant Mental Health, to speak as she was cruical to the design, development and success of Dad Matters; first in Tameside then Greater Manchester and now the UK. She couldn’t be there in person, but she supplied us with this video.

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Greater Manchester Perinatal Mental Health

Next up for the professionals were Tara, Simon and Vicky, representing the Maternal Mental Health Service, Mother and Baby Unit and Perinatal Mental Health Services in Greater Manchester.

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Dr. Anna Machin

Our Keynote Speaker for the Day was Dr. Anna Machin, who was unable to join us on the day, but prepared a great video talk for us. you can find the video by clicking HERE

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The Institute of Health Visiting

We were also joined by Sylvia and Maggie from the Institute of Health Visitors. They talked about the power of collaboration and co-production, as well as the joint work we have done with the IHV and PATH project

Home-Start UK

We heard from Alex Corgier, of Home-Start UK about her experience of bringing Dad Matters to Gloucestershire, and the appetite for more Dad Matters Schemes across the network.

Finally we have videos from our Patrons

Thank you to Andrew Gwynne MP and Jonathan Reynolds MP for their kinds words and wishes, and their ongoing support.

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We will be delving into the information gathered in the workshops and producing a summary which we will share over the next few weeks. 

If you have any thoughts, questions or comments about the workshop topics, or the conference in general, please email dadmatters@homestarthost.org.uk