We’ve created a list of UK organisations who support young fathers that we are aware of should you need any advice or support as a young dad or dad-to-be.
Some services offer online, digital services and information, while others are only accessible to young fathers if you live nearby.
We are keen to grow this list. If you work for an organisation that supports fathers and would like to be added, please contact us.
An online resource, BBC Tiny Happy People produces short videos which give useful tips and advice for parents, ranging from pregnancy and birth related questions, child development, and how parents can improve their mental health and wellbeing. They also have a wide range of videos specifically aimed at fathers.
Coram Family and Child Care focus on childcare and the early years to make a difference to families’ lives now and in the long term. They work to make sure that every child has access to high quality childcare and every parent is better off working once they have paid for childcare. Families who face disadvantage, social exclusion and poverty are at the heart of our work.
A Manchester based organisation, Dad Matters help dads have successful relationships with their families, and support them with their mental health.
The organisation works directly with services that support dads, families and babies to help them to increase their engagement and knowledge.
DigiDAD is an online e-learning platform full of father friendly content. Why not register for our accredited courses? Browse our videos? Or check out some of our podcasts. Your journey through fatherhood starts here
Dope Black Dads is a digital safe space for fathers who wish to discuss their experiences of being black, a parent and masculinity in the modern world.
Their aim is to celebrate, heal, inspire and educate black fathers for better outcomes for black families.
fatherli is a new app designed with dads, for dads to connect and make friends, get support, and access expert advice for all things parenting, wellbeing, and relationships. A new community just for dads, it offers a space to share tips & dad jokes and memes. Dads can get support from other dads and access evidence based information and trained experts. The dadhub is a space to join groups with dads in your area or find those with shared passions and hobbies.
Whatever you are going through, fatherli is there to support you to love life as a dad.
Fathers Network Scotland is a young, dynamic and award-winning charity with a passion for dads – because the family and society as a whole benefit when fathers are involved in the life of their children.
London-based Future Men are a multi-award-winning specialist charity that support boys and men along the path to becoming dynamic future men, whilst addressing the stereotypes around masculinity and engaging in the wider conversation of what it means to be a man. They are also the current chair for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fatherhood.
Gingerbread provides advice and information for single parents and for professionals who support them. We have a large amount of online information on our website, covering a wide range of issues which commonly affect single parents.
You can find out more about Gingerbread’s free services for single parents on our website.
Since January 2020, we have been working in close partnership with young fathers in Grimsby, national childcare charity Coram Family and Childcare, and Grimsby based charities Together for Childhood (NSPCC) and YMCA Humber, to co-create and establish the Grimsby Dads Collective.
The North East Young Dads and Lads, based in Gateshead, were announced as our new partners in June 2020. With lead parter, CEO Kevin Stoodley, the charity agreed to collaborate with the study so that we could research the impacts of COVID-19 on a wider national cohort of young dads and with a national organisation that is passionately committed to tackling negative societal views of young fathers.
The first national source of expert knowledge and advice on all aspects of teenage pregnancy.
As a national organisation, The Fatherhood Institute is one of the most respected fatherhood organisations in the world. A registered UK charity, their work focuses on policy, research and practice
Together for Childhood is a long-term project delivered by NSPCC that works with local communities to make them safer for children. Local partners and families come together to prevent abuse and tackle the problems that cause it, head-on. Grimsby is one of four UK locations to deliver the project.
YMCA Humber are the host organisation for the Grimsby Dads Collective. YMCA Humber has a long history in Grimsby and as well as their housing projects, they also engage with young people and families.
“[Speaking about support of young fathers] We’ve done a lot of kind of advocation and representing them, a lot of the time there’s involvement with statutory services. They don’t have the care of the young person, the care’s provided by the state or the mother, so we’ve attended lots of meetings with the young person to offer additional support and facilitated contact where necessary and offered just general emotional wellbeing, support, improving robustness and resilience, encouraging them to have as amicable relationship as possible.”
“And I suppose it goes back to what we were saying before about behaviours, maybe the education side of stuff and the fact that men aren’t involved in those early conversations, you know, whether it is, I know they’re invited to come along to bumps to babies but I don’t know whether we go into the detail around some of that brain development side of stuff and things like that. Maybe that is the thing that really would change things. You know, if you were given all of that information about what happens to a child as they grow, in a scientific way, as easy to understand as possible, could be the thing that impacted on behaviour in the home.”
“I think both a mother and father combined, it’s communicating and both being on the same page of what’s best for your child or children, and for both, it’s just being there 100% for them and not, like, putting yourself first, it’s, you know, putting the child’s interests first... ”
“We need to be including, we need to not [just] be focusing on mum and child […] That’s a great focus but dad … dad’s not invisible, dad needs to be in the picture as well because there’s research that shows you the effect it has on children and families as a whole when dad isn’t in the picture, so services need to be changing the way in which they work so it’s more inclusive.”
“Cause I think a lot of the time, some of young people who end up having children have been through the care system or support systems and they can feel quite judged or labelled by organisations and it’s breaking the cycle and breaking them out of that to feel empowered to be able to take stuff back, that’s the real interest to me. So, it’s about getting support right, as in being there and giving advice and guidance and all them things that we can do, but also making sure that we are doing with people as opposed to people.”
“One of the most successful projects we ever did was an informal dads’ group, and it used to be on Saturdays […] they did what they wanted, they used to do things like breakfast, and they would have breakfast together and talk about dad stuff and where they were taking their kids. And that group was always really well attended because there was never an agenda. They were never judged. They were just there together.”
“...the whole stay at home dad thing is not something to be ashamed of, you know, if you’re a dad and you wanna take your daughter out for the day, or you wanna take your kid out for the day on your own, well why is that frowned upon, why can’t you take your child out for the day ”
“Oh…patience…compassion…tolerance, a whole boatload a’ that! Honestly, I like a whole lot of life. Sacrifice…compromise, yeah I think, yeah I think they, they would be the, the big, the five, I feel, I think that was five, they would be the main. ”
“We’re currently in touch with social services for two [dads] because they don’t understand why they can’t see their children because they haven’t been informed by social services, their partner. So there’s a massive communication breakdown with those young men, so that’s the main focus of what we’re dealing with at the minute.”