Information for Dads in Bristol

The goal at Dad Matters is to support Dads with their attachment and bond with their baby/babies, managing their mental health, and to access further professional services. The following links are for activities and services in Bristol Dads can access, in some cases, for things to do with their babies, or in others, as a support tool for themselves, in addition to some nationwide services.

Activities and Services in Bristol for Dads and their babies

Rockabye – Antenatal and postnatal groups in various Childrens Centres across Bristol

Dads Rock bonding through music, sounds, stories and games for Dads and their under 2’s, at various settings in Bristol

Dads and Male Carers’ Stay and Play – Monthly Stay and Plays for Dads and children 0-5 (Saturdays)

North Bristol Children’s Centre – Various classes and activities in North Bristol

Central Bristol Children’s Centre – Various classes and activities in Central Bristol

East Bristol Children’s Centre – Various classes and activities in East Bristol

South Bristol Children’s Centre – Various classes and activities in South Bristol

Bristol Family Hubs  – One stop shop for navigating the various services in Bristol, physically based at the above Children’s Centres.

Support and services available locally and nationally for Dads

Dad Matters UK Access to national resources and all localities

Becoming Dad- A Guide for New Fathers  Essential reading for any new Dads and Dads to be! Written by the Fatherhood Institute

Fatherhood Institute  Research HQ! If there’s a Dad stat you want, they’ll have it!

NHS Talking Therapies Self referrals available. Fast tracking for parents with children under 2.

Bristol Wellbeing College Free workshops, courses and activities to explore, improve and maintain mental health and wellbeing.

Relationships Matter Free support for inter parental relationships.

Dads and Parents Online Peer Support Group – Monthly zoom for Dads hosted by the Dad Support team at Mothers for Mothers.

Talk Club – Male mental fitness talk and listening groups, with 10 locations around Bristol.

South West Neonatal Network – Neonatal services across the South West.

Icebreakers – Cold water dipping for the benefit of Men’s physical and mental wellbeing. Based at Conham River.

Robins Talk – Mental wellbeing sessions and a game of football courtesy of Bristol City FCs official charity foundation.

DadPad – The DadPad is a great free app, developed in partnership with the NHS, with information and advice for dads. Read more about the DadPad here, or download for free via your app store.

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.

Getting it Right from the Start – This a DVD and booklet on attachment and bonding for new parents, produced by Tameside Early Attachment Service in collaboration with The Brazelton Centre to promote sensitive and responsive early relationships and infant communication. It’s based on evidence from research and clinical studies in infant development and infant mental health.

How Are You Dad? – Raising awareness of mental health issues in new fathers.

The Association of Infant Mental Health (AIMH) – This website contains information for parents and professionals on how to respond to a baby in a way that fosters emotional wellbeing. Parents can register on the website for free and this will allow access to numerous videos and other resources about parenting.

VROOM – An app to Help Develop Babies’ Brain Power.

Commando DAD: Basic Training – Pocket Commando Dad contains a wealth of step-by-step instructions for everything you need to do for your baby and toddler.

Best Beginnings – Best Beginnings aims to give every child in the UK the best start in life, and their website has loads of great information for looking after your baby.

Mind – Enabling everyone in our communities to achieve better mental health.

Partners of Prisoners – Support for the families of prisoners.

Family Lives – Advice and support for families with kids of any age.

Action for prisoners and offenders’ families – Supporting families of offenders across the UK.

Families Need Fathers – Because both parents matter.

Spoons Charity – Our aim is to alleviate stress and reduce the isolation of families who experience neonatal care. Our primary focus is on supporting the whole family, practically and emotionally from admission to the neonatal unit and beyond, allowing our NHS colleagues to concentrate on the provision of clinical care.  Provides information and support to people fighting substance abuse and addiction.

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.

Institute Of Health Visiting (IVH) – Helping to rebuild health visiting services.

Tommy’s – the baby charity that supports and champions people on the pregnancy journey, from pre-conception to fertility, pregnancy, birth, and even loss.