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Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale

This is where you can get further support in your area:

Who Let The Dads Out

Who Let The dads Out is aimed at trying to help dads to play and to build up close relationships with their children.

The play and activity sessions are open to anyone to just drop in. We provide 2 hours of activity focused play time for dads, granddads, or male carers, and their kids. If you are interested in attending just come along, no need to book in advance, all visitors and new families are welcome.


We give dads a free and permanent source of the information they’re likely to need – from pregnancy, birth and babies to financial, legal and education info – from a dad’s perspective. A new home for dads on the web.

Rochdale Borough Council Parenting Courses

Our courses can help you to find new ways and ideas of how to work with your children, to problem solve, reduce stress and address behavioural problems. You’ll be encouraged to build upon your existing skills and learn from other parents and carers, allowing you to see that you’re not on your own.

The courses are delivered throughout the year in Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton during term time, with morning, afternoon and evening sessions.​

Visit the website to refer yourself and to select the most appropriate course.

Thinking Ahead Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale

Thinking Ahead helps with everyday issues that affect your mental wellbeing and provides professional support for more common mental health difficulties, such as anxiety and depression.

Domestic Abuse Services 

Figures suggest that as many as 1 in 6 victims of domestic violence are male. However, men are often reluctant to report abuse by women because they feel embarrassed or they fear they won’t be believed, or worse, that police will assume that since they’re male, they’re the perpetrator of the violence and not the victim. Visit the link above to find more information and support on dealing with domestic abuse.

  1. Floating support in the community (for male/female victims)
  2. IDVA support (male/female victims)
  3. Motivational courses for men/women using abusive behaviours in their relationship
  4. Behaviour change programmes for men perpetrating domestic abuse
  5. Accommodation: our refuge provider has an out of area safe-house for men


In 1981 a small group of parents, who were experiencing problems with their crying and sleepless babies, set up a support group. They discovered how important support is and how reassuring it can be to talk to someone. Today that support group has become Cry-sis, the only UK charity offering help and support to parents with babies who cry excessively or have sleeping problems. From modest beginnings Cry-sis has become a well-respected national charity which:

  • 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.

The Dadsnet Local Community Group

Dadsnet is for dads to be able to gain support from each other within a private setting but in the Local Community Groups you can speak with people nearby; we’ve discussed local schools, we’ve had meetups – with and without the kids, and just generally look after one another on here.

Contact Mic Cullen, your local Dad Matters Coordinator, using this form…

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