Entries in Fathering Services (16)


The Baby Shed: a hands on workshop for new dads (Randwick, Sydney)

Venue: JNC Randwick, 2 Albert Street behind 155 Avoca Street
Dates: Saturday 13th, 20th & 27th October 2012 9am – 11am
SENC Family Support Project at South East Neighbourhood Centre in partnership with Karitane and Junction Neighbourhood Centre is pleased to offer The Baby Shed, a FREE hands-on workshop for new fathers originally developed by the South East Sydney Illawarra Health Father Links Project.
Who is it for? The Baby Shed is a three-week group workshop for fathers with children ideally aged 6 months or under.
What is it about? The workshop will cover the practicalities of feeding, settling, sleeping, infant communication, baby massage, infant play and gaining basic understanding of infant development, as well as exploring what it means to be a father. The workshop will be facilitated by a male group leader and a Child and Family Health Nurse.
How do I join? Contact John Gilbert at SENC: 02 8338 8506


Circle of Security for Dads

A Relationship Based Parenting Program

A 6 week parenting program with a focus on your relationship with your child and how to strengthen it.

Starting on Tues. 29th May 2012 1.30pm – 3.30pm and Wed 6th June 2012 6.00pm – 8.00pm


“All my child needs is for me to be good enough” This means there is room to make mistakes in parenting.

“It is never too late” As I am learning new ways of parenting, good things will happen for both me and my child.

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Dads Talk (Rosebery, Sydney)

An opportunity for fathers to get together and not only talk about their experiences but to also gain some real, practical ideas around being a parent.

When: Every Wednesday 6.30pm - 8pm
Where: Level 3, 55 Mentmore Avenue, Rosebery NSW 2018
Contact: Jason or Tim on 02 8314 9494 or 0419 461 422

For many men, becoming a father changes their lives beyond belief. Your priorities change, your relationship changes and your new family demands skills, qualities and emotional capacity from you that you didn't know you had.

Today, a father's role is quite different from past generations. We believe that not only does this changing, more hands-on role need to be recognised, it also needs to be supported. Some common themes include:

  • Relationship issues
  • Work/Life balance
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Managing relatives
  • Difficult emotions.

Every stage of parenthood comes with its own unique challenges. As such, this group is open to all fathers. Each member comes with their own skills and needs of the group and each has something to offer the other men. As the complexity of your role as a father unfolds and you find yourself feeling alone and without support, this on-going group is an opportunity to talk about and process the experiences you are having and find that you are not alone.


Dad's pain spawns a lifeline


United … Gary and Amy Sillett with their son, Callum. Photo: Jacky Ghossein

A YEAR ago Gary Sillett lived through an expectant father's worst nightmare - the premature birth and subsequent death of his child.

He and his wife, Amy, had been excited about the impending arrival of their second son, Isaac, but on December 8 their baby was born by caesarean 14 weeks early.

Isaac ''fought like a trooper'' in the neonatal intensive care unit at Sydney's Royal North Shore hospital, before he died peacefully in his parents' arms two days later. His ashes are in a rocket-ship-shaped container placed in the backyard of their Ryde home.

Mr Sillett took on the responsibility of caring for his wife and their toddler son Callum, informing loved ones and friends, completing reams of paperwork, organising the funeral, figuring out how he was going to go back to work to pay the medical bills as well as dealing with his own grief, anger and guilt.

''Your whole world is turned upside down,'' Mr Sillett said.

He found that fathers dealing with the death of a child or trying to cope when children have life-threatening illnesses were often sidelined and there was a big gap in support services for fathers.

That's when he decided to create Pillars of Strength, an Australian-first initiative designed to give practical support to fathers and some respite from the day-to-day stresses.

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Help & Hope - Dads in Distress Newsletter Spring 2011

Spring is finally here! With the new season comes a change of outlook, perhaps a new spring in the step, and a fresh optimism about all that can be experienced in the great Aussie sun.

For those going through the harsh Winter of separation and divorce its hard to imagine life ever getting better. You may even be dreading this Father's Day. That's where we come in. We know things CAN improve, and usually do.  In all that our DIDSS staff and volunteers do, whether its the Helpline, Groups, One-on-One Support, Website, FaceBook, or this simple newsletter, we try to help dads and their families wake up to a brand new day. To mark this new season we have brought you some encouraging news, practical tips, tools and insights.

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