Hi my name is Mark and I am a Dads Coordinator Dad Matters Wakefield, we  exist to support dads to have the best possible relationship with their families. We work closely with other professionals within Wakefield & District and nationally to better support dads in the first 1001 days of their parenting journey.
We offer Outreach services/drop-ins at maternity centres, and community venues, Provide 1:1 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
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Ways we are supporting dads

Dad matters Wakefield & District offers support to dads in many ways such as, A “New Dads Online Workshop”, 1:1 support, Universal Outreach, Outreach in all maternity settings, Online through our website and Social media, we also provide resources, answer questions and signpost to relevant support services & we also arrange Walk & Talks for dads and their children

1:1 Support

Dad Matters Wakefield & District’s 1 to 1 offer is to give dads peer to peer support with the aim to assist them with emotional support, and to signpost them to the relevant services to help them with issues ranging from parental skills to their mental health and well-being

Maternity Outreach

We offer Outreach and chat across all maternity settings at Pinderfields Hospital. Check the Dad Matters Notice Board to find out when we will be visiting next

New Dad’s Online Workshop

Join Dad Matters for an online workshop for dads-to-be and new dads with babies under 12 weeks old.

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.

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!

Your Dads Coordinator for Wakefield & District

Hi, I’m Mark, I am 54 and the father to daughter Olivia who is now a young woman. I am step-grandad to 2 grandchildren. I live in Birstall with my partner Debbie. I have been working for Dad Matters since September 2023 after 18 years of owning a Barbering business. In my short time with Dad matters I have witnessed the struggles that soon to be and new dads go through and using my experiences as a dad and my training I feel empowered by the Dad Matters vision to help dads and ultimately their families. I am avid about football and support a local team. I am a single figure golfer, I love watching films, collecting Vinyl records and spending time with my friends and family.

 

Joining our team

If your 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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Social Media

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