Tweddle Child and Family Health Service

One Hundred Dads Project

There was a huge deficit in programs that supported dads in the very early years. Responding to research, Tweddle set about doing something about it.

In 2016/17 fifty-nine dads from Melbourne’s West took part in a new after hours pilot called ‘Working Out Dads’ developed by men’s group-work academic Andrew King and Tweddle. 

‘Working Out Dads’ is a therapeutic 6 week after hours program for dads of 0-4 aged children. The program combines one hour of facilitated discussion and a 30 minute workout for ten dads. The program includes pre and post mental health and parenting confidence evaluation, hand-outs, weekly text messages, online resources, confidentiality and friendship. 

‘Working Out Dads’ takes a preventative approach to men’s health, isolation, relationships and parenting confidence. The Working Out Dads pilot was associated with decreased depressive, anxiety and stress symptoms, increased parenting confidence and strengthened parenting behaviour and couple/family relationships. 

Tweddle has a goal to raise $100,000 to support One Hundred Dads to participate in ten, 6 week Working Out Dads programs. We are seeking businesses and individuals to help us reach our goal by June 2018.

Tweddle will launch ten Working Out Dads programs for one hundred dads in the six western municipalities of Maribyrnong, Wyndham, Brimbank, Moonee Valley, Melton and Hobsons Bay. Conclusive, compelling research confirms dads play a significant role in the social, cognitive, emotional and physical well-being of their children from infancy with lasting influences into their adult life. 

Tweddle’s ‘One Hundred Dads’ is a social impact project and donations are tax deductible. Funds not allocated by March 2018 will be returned to donors.

We invite you to help more dads in the community connect with other dads and learn how important they are in the lives of their families.

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