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DADS' PLACE @ AGCS

It's a place for dads and dad-like figures to have fun and find warmth, support and community.

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 Dads & Kids
PlayDay 

Saturday 13th April

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 Dads' 
Playgroup 

Saturdays 9.30am

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 Dads'
Casual Bball 

Wednesdays 8.00pm

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Who's invited to Dads' Place?

We're open to dads and dad-like figures: grandfathers, step dads, guardians & others in a position similar to a parent. We're an LGBTQIA+, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander & culturally inclusive space -- for trans dads, gay dads, culturally diverse dads, this is a place for everyone to have fun & find a community. Dads place is aimed at dads with kids aged up to 6 years old.  Older siblings are welcome to attend, but the activities will be aimed at younger children.

Why a program for Dads specifically?

Dads play a significant and enduring role in the development and wellbeing of their children. However, research indicates that new fathers can feel overwhelmed by the challenges of parenthood. 1 in 10 fathers experience postnatal depression, with 1 in 6 fathers experiencing anxiety in the prenatal period and 1 in 5 in the postnatal period. We've received funding from the Victorian Government as part of the Dad's Group Grant to support dads, as they explore parental challenges, adjust to new roles within the family unit, find time for self-care, and manage changing relationships and societal expectations.

Extra Support for Dads & Kids in Need

We're committed to removing barriers to ensure that all dads, dad-like figures, and children are able to attend our activities & programs. If there is extra support we can provide you, for example with travelling to our centre, with translation & interpretation, or with additional siblings, please reach out to us. We're happy to discuss your needs require and try to provide support where we can. Contact us at (03) 9587 5955 or enquiries@agcsinc.org.au.

Have ideas? Get in touch!

Dad's Place is a new project for AGCS and we're still trying to build it. If you have any ideas, ways you could help or people you know who could work with us, let us know! Contact us at (03) 9587 5955 or enquiries@agcsinc.org.au.

Resources

Mental Health Checklist for New Dads & Non-Birth Parents

This checklist asks you questions based on possible symptoms of postnatal anxiety and/or depression, from PANDA.

How to Make the Most of Time with your Children

Turn everyday moments into special time by tuning in to your child. Hear Dad's share their stories with the Raising Children Network.

Raising Children on the Autism Spectrum

Raising a child with additional needs is a rewarding, but also challenging parenting journey. Listen to advice from clinical psychologist Jeroen Decates with the Fathering Project.

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