Regional & Universal Resources
These are just a few places to get some more information and support to help you be an awesome Dad. We’ve also listed regional content for further support in your area:
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
Motiv8 Manchester – Motiv8 helps people to identify a support package to improve their access to services and help them move towards job search, training and employment.
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.
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.
Greater Manchester Mental Health (NHS Foundation Trust) Provision of prioritized support during the perinatal period.
Tommy’s – the baby charity that supports and champions people on the pregnancy journey, from pre-conception to fertility, pregnancy, birth, and even loss.