Dads Group

A Dads Group was created following discussions and input from a group of dads and dads to be. These dads took part in a study carried out by Brecon and District Mind and The Powys Local Health Board.  Supported by an Integrated Care Fund through the Regional Partnership Board from the Welsh Government. 

It was essential that the Dads led the study and their voices heard in what they needed and wanted to support them in their transition to parenthood and becoming a dad.   The Executive summary of the Report showcases their valuable voices. Click on the link below to view the Executive Summary.

Amongst many identified practices of support, one of the main needs and requests was to develop a Dads Group that can provide a space for them to talk and receive informal support. 

This is a new and exciting initiative for the family support team. Our facilitator, Matt is a father of two and a support worker at Brecon and District Mind.   The support he offers is informal and is first and foremost a space to share experiences and tips, learn and get any help or advice needed.  

“The Brecon and District Mind Dad’s Group has been steadily gathering members on our Facebook page.  New videos of myself (Matthew Hart) offering advice as well as talking about life as a dad through the pandemic have been uploaded and shared.  These videos can also be found on Brecon Minds YouTube.  You can find me on Facebook under Matt Brecon Mind.  Dads are also being supported individually over the phone, face to face safely and electronically.  There are plans for buggy walks and once the pandemic has come to an end, we will move forwards with our face-to-face peer support group.  I have already attended a Dads Virtual Session for new and expecting dads alongside midwives where Dads could ask questions relating to pregnancy, birth and beyond and we plan to continue these.  Should dad’s wish to partake in mindfulness sessions to relax and unwind for a short time, these will be available led by Ros, who already supports mums through the Mums Matter initiative. 

It is not an easy time to be a dad and the need for peer support has never been greater.  The pandemic has given a greater need for peer support groups and support in general. However, it has made it much more difficult to reach out and provide any assistance or advice.  It will be my aim to bring dads in my local area together in an outdoor environment and to support them electronically and over the phone until such a time when we can sit down in the warm, eat loads of cake and drink copious amounts of tea!  We support new dads as well as those expecting new arrivals.  Being a dad is a privilege and full-time job of its own, the more we get together and share our thoughts, the richer fatherhood can become.”

Matthew Hart

Private: Dads Group

Dads Group was created following discussions and input from a group of dads and dads to be. These dads took part in a study carried out by Brecon and District Mind and The Powys Health Board. The study was led by the dads who identified that there was not enough support for new and expectant dads. They asked for more in their local areas to support them in their transition to parenthood and becoming a dad. Amongst many identified themes of support, the main request was for a Dads Group that can provide a space for them to talk!

It was essential that the Dads led the study and their voices heard in what they needed and wanted to support them in their transition to parenthood and becoming a dad.   The Executive summary of the Report showcases their valuable voices. Click on the link below to view the Executive Summary.

This is a new and exciting initiative for the Family Support Team. Our Facilitator, Matt is a father of two and a Support Worker at Brecon and District Mind.   The support he offers is informal and is first and foremost a space to share experiences and tips, learn and get any help or advice needed.

We have a private Facebook group for dads as well as the option of one to one support over the phone, on zoom, or face to face. The idea is for new and expectant dads to come together and share knowledge and stories. We aim to boost the morale and confidence for expectant fathers and fathers with children aged 0 to 4. Being a new parent or a parent of young children can be difficult and sometimes it can put a strain on relationships.  Within the Dads Group we give dads the tools to take on whatever comes their way in parenthood and to be the role models that they want to be.  The journey of fatherhood is lifelong and everchanging, it is our goal to help make the start of family life enjoyable and to give dads a chance for some dad time where they can talk and discuss whatever they choose in a non-judgmental environment. 

Have a little look at our tips and advise videos.