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DAD’S GROUP: Helping new dads build confidence and find friendship during the pandemic

 

A Salvation Army support group is helping new dads build confidence and find friendship during the pandemic.

When lockdown kicked in the sessions moved online and have proved popular with up to 10 dads joining each time. I spoke with the founder of the group Graham Rogers to hear what the sessions entail and why he thinks they are needed.

When his now two-year-old son was born, Graham Rogers found dads were less likely to attend baby groups and could feel isolated.

The 39-year-old started running community sessions and baby massage   classes as a way of encouraging fathers to open up, and chat about their mental health, as well as giving their children somewhere to play.

39 year old Jay Grime, who has two children, said the group gives him the chance to chat to dads without judgement.


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