Thinking Differently Together - First 1,000 Days Of Life

The importance of involving partners Richard explained: as a first-time dad I experienced people asking, “How’s mum?” “How’s baby” For me, it was “Dad, make sure you look after them”, rather than asking how I was doing in this major life change. As much as dad’s need to support their family, they also need to be heard, supported and encouraged in their role. EPIC Dad started in 2017 and registered as a Community Interest Company in 2018. EPIC stands for Encourager – Provider – Instructor – Carer, and its vision is focused on ‘Restoring the Role of Fathers’ and celebrating the positive difference dads and male carers can make to families and communities. With regard to the LGBTQI+ community, Epic Dad wants to be inclusive; our specific focus is on father figures, and we can offer all who identify themselves as fathers with support in their role in the family. Supporting Men (Wellbeing Support) • EPIC Dad Mentoring (One-to-One Support) • EPIC Dad Walk and Talk (Wellbeing Walks) • EPIC Dad Wellbeing Course (5 Part Course supporting fathers and father figures in their wellbeing) • EPIC Dad Time Out (Social and Games Evening) This area of work developed a lot during the pandemic, when many dads were struggling with mental health, work and home challenges, and general uncertainty. We are able to run our groups, courses and activities from our fatherhood hub, and provide resources for them and their families. Empowering Fathers (Parenting Support) • EPIC Dad Survival Course and Survival Kit (3 Part fatherhood preparation course) • Dads Matter Course (parenting course for fathers) • EPIC Dad Fatherhood Explored Workshop (A practical session exploring the roles of a Father) Dads completing the preparation course receive a backpack of useful items for new dads including a water bottle, snack bar, a journal to write about their experiences, and leaflets. There are also useful items for when in hospital before the birth and items for the baby such as nappies, wet wipes, and a children’s book. Richard Keeble, Epic Dad CIC Thinking Differently Together | 20

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