Welcome To Dad Matters Manchester

Dad Matters in Manchester exists to support fathers to have the best possible relationship with their children. We work closely with other professionals within Greater Manchester and nationally to better support dads in the first 1001 days of their parenting journey.  We offer Outreach services/drop-ins at Manchester hospitals, and family hubs, provide one-to-one peer support to dads, Signpost, 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 Peer support
One-To-One Peer supportfor fathers in Greater Manchester
At Dad Matters Manchester, we are fully committed to delivering one-on-one peer support. Our primary objective is to assist fathers in accessing essential services and information while enriching their understanding of their role as dads. This includes connecting fathers with resources and offering guidance to manage anxiety, stress, and promote awareness of mental health issues that can impact on us all.
Join us for a walk and talk in a park local to you
Join us for a walk and talk in a park local to you
Please click below to see the walk and talks that are happening in your area soon. These are a great way to talk to other dads, share some quality time with your children and have some peer to peer support from our coordinators and volunteers, or just talk about the football.
Online New Dad Workshop
Online New Dad WorkshopEvery 3rd Tuesday and 3rd Saturday of each month.
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.
We also cover Labour, Birth and Beyond from a Dad’s perspective.
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!
We Visit North Manchester, Wythenshawe and St Mary's Hospital
We Visit North Manchester, Wythenshawe and St Mary's Hospitalevery week
Join us every Thursday morning at each of the hospitals in Manchester. If you are having a scan, appointment or just need someone to talk to, why not pop along from 10am-1pm each Thursday to talk to our Coordinator or volunteer.

Meet the team

Matt
MattCity Of Manchester Coordiantor
Hi, I’m Matt, I’m 34 years old and a dad of three girls. I started working for Dad Matters in July 2023 after a long period of time supporting my partner as a stay-at-home dad. I am the coordinator for the City of Manchester, and I am immensely proud to be part of a team that has such an impact on fathers’ wellbeing. Outside of work I’m a big geeky kid at heart and I love nothing more than playing videogames or painting my Warhammer 40k.
Alex
AlexCoordinator – Central Manchester, Stockport and Trafford
Hi, I’m Alex and I’m the Dad Matters coordinator for Central Manchester, Stockport, and Trafford. I live in Glossop with my partner and young daughter. I feel very proud to be working on a project that provides support for dads at such a challenging and life changing time in their lives. I love being a dad and it brings a lot of joy to my life, and at times, it is really challenging. Being able to provide support, community, and connection to dads when they most need it feels like a gift. I work for Home-Start HOST and with dads who have been referred from the perinatal mental health and parent-infant mental health pathway.

Volunteer with us

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, 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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​  You can volunteer from as little as 30 minutes a month to make a real difference to fathers lives in Greater Manchester.

Home-Start Manchester

Dad Matters in Manchester is part of Home-Start Manchester who:

Offer support, friendship and practical assistance to families to prevent crisis and the need for statutory intervention

Offer a seamless service across the whole of the City of Manchester 

Be with families, in their own home, in a way that respects each individual and increases our potential to engage with families who may otherwise be hard to reach

Increase community capacity and, through volunteering, encourage local people to contribute to their community and the wider society

Open up the support networks available to families including helping them to access health, social and educational services and other facilities available in the wider community and to develop ways for supported families to meet together to enable relationships to form.

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Please see below for the latest posts from our blog

World Book Day – Bonding with baby

March 6th, 2024|0 Comments

Reading to your baby, both during pregnancy (baby bump) and after birth, is important for several reasons. Firstly, it helps to promote bonding between you and your baby, creating a special connection. Secondly, reading aloud

Christmas in a neonatal clinic

December 15th, 2023|0 Comments

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