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News and expectant dads in Torfaen invited to join support programme

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New and expectant dads can join a programme in Torfaen to give them the support and skills needed to be a parent.

For Dads, By Dads is an 11-week course to help expectant dads and dads with children up to the age of 18 months. Members will take part in weekly workshops on subjects including:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Midwife and health visitor information
  • Psychology
  • Gambling and gaming

Torfaen Sports Development team set up the programme following research by a number of organisations, including Fathers Outreach, Tidy Butt, Gwent Psychology, Recoveries 4 All and Newport County in the Community. A spokesperson from the team said: “They found men benefited from having a safe space where they can ask questions and learn about themselves and their children as they start their journey of being a dad. The support group will help them prepare for the change in their life that a child will bring.”

Jacob Guy, Torfaen sports development officer, said: “We know that there is quite a lot of support out there for parents or mothers, but not a lot aimed solely at dads. With male suicide rates at a high, it’s important that dads are able to come to a group where they can ask questions and learn.“

For Dads, By Dads starts on Thursday 20 January 2022 at Pontypool Active Living Centre and runs from 7pm until 9pm.

Join For Dads, By Dads in Torfaen

Call 07980682256 or email Jacob.guy@torfaen.gov.uk

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News and expectant dads in Torfaen invited to join support programme