Published on: 6th February 2020
Dads in Salford are being offered support to help adapt to life as a new parent thanks to extra funding from NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Dad Matters is a Home-Start project which helps prepare dads for their new arrival, have successful relationships with their families and look after their own mental health and wellbeing.
Dad Matters has been running across Greater Manchester for several years but has recently received money from the CCG’s Innovation Fund to expand in Salford.
The project’s main focus is to signpost dads to local support services by attending existing groups such as father and baby play and maternity sessions offering ‘Dad Chats’.
Kieran Anders, Project Manager for Dad Matters, said: “Dad Matters is an innovative way of supporting dads to understand their child’s development, supporting their mental health and accessing services that they wouldn’t usually think of using.
“We’re really excited to start developing a more tailored service in Salford alongside Home-Start and other local services, thanks to money from Salford CCG.”
Each year, Salford CCG runs the Innovation Fund to support community projects that test and develop new healthcare products and services in a hope to improve outcomes for people living in the city.
Following a three stage shortlisting process, including a market place event and ‘dragons den’ style interviews, 12 projects were successful and received money from the CCG in the 2019/20 fund.
To find out more about Dad Matters and how they can help you visit: https://dadmatters.org.uk/resources/salford/ or follow them on social media @DadmattersUK (Facebook) @Dad_Matters (Twitter)