DadsWork Men Shed

DadsWork are delighted to announce an exciting partnership with Strive through Men Shed Tranent at the Community Garden , Heugh , Tranent starting on Thursday 10th May 2018 at 10.30am. For further information please contact Kevin Young 01316650848 / 07833741768 or email:

Further information on DadsWork:

Further information on Men Shed at Strive:

What is a Shed?
Men’s Shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he
feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. A Men’s Shed
offers this to a group of such men where members share the tools and resources they need
to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and
inclusive venue.
A place of leisure where men come together to work and gain a sense of belonging and
What happens at Men Shed?
Everyone works together to do the practical projects, with everyone passing on and, or,
picking up new skills from other members of the Shed. The lists of individual tasks are
almost endless, from sawing wood to painting the projects.
Some of the projects that the men work on are listed below, these are only a small snapshot
of what has been done by the groups. And often people can work on their own projects if
they want to do so:
Some of the projects completed so far:
 Benches for working on
 Benches for sitting on
 Building a Chicken coop
 Tables
 Community centre sign
 Planters
Not everyone has to embark on practical projects, for some just coming along and enjoying
a coffee is all they want to do, chatting and socialising with the other men in the Shed.
Further health benefits.
Along with enjoying the company of other like-minded people, the men in the shed also
have the opportunity to receive holistic treatments, such as reflexology, seated massage
and cranio sacral therapy.

Fundraising 2018: DadsWork & Walk with the Foundation: 24 in 12

DadsWork and charity partner West Lothian Youth Foundation main fundraising event for 2018 is a challenge!

We have set the target of walking 24 miles in 12 hours and if this wasn’t difficult enough we have picked the beautiful West Highland Way as our walk route.

The walk will start in Fort William, take in stunning scenery and reach a maximum height of 6000ft before finishing at the Glencoe Ski Resort.

The Walk with the Foundation: 24 in 12 will not only raise valuable funds for the DadsWork but also our charity partner West Lothian Youth Foundation.

Walk Day – Saturday 16th June 2018, 07.00am – 19.00pm

For more information please email

Year of the Dad 2016


A celebration of the difference a great dad can make! A year of celebration, insight and collaboration to promote the importance of fathers in child development and support men to be the dads they want to be. Organised by Fathers Network Scotland in partnership with a range of organisations, it is supported by the Scottish Government and runs until the end of 2016.


Welcome to Year of the Dad, celebrating the difference a great dad can make!

Throughout 2016 and beyond, we’re issuing a rallying call to services and employers to support dads, embrace family-friendly, inclusive practice and reflect the importance of fathers in child development.


Because society hasn’t yet caught up with the striking cultural changes that have taken place in the home and workplace over the past fifty years. The old stereotype of married breadwinner and disciplinarian no longer serves us in an age of increasing diversity and gender equality. It’s time to celebrate and support the key contribution fathers make to child development, family and community life.


Today’s father can be single or married; externally employed or a stay-at home dad; gay or straight. While some biological dads don’t do fathering, other non-biological dads can and do – whether that’s grandfathers, uncles, foster fathers, adoptive fathers or stepfathers. Whoever they are, more is now expected of dads – and the changes are remarkable.


Dads now play a more active role in a child care and domestic life in general.

  • Their involvement in parenting has increased from less than 15 minutes a day in the mid-1970s to three hours a day during the week, with more at the weekend.[link to research]
  • Once seen by services as an after-thought or even a distraction from the real work of supporting mum, dads are now making their presence felt in health centres, schools and what used to be called “mother and toddler groups”.
  • Typically excluded from the birth of their children until the late 1950s, today men rightly expect to be present to support partners from the start of pregnancy, and to welcome their children into the world.
  • Recent legislation – including changes to birth registration, the right to request flexible working and shared parental leave – means forward-thinking organisations no longer assume it will only be mum who takes time off.



Research overwhelmingly shows that children are more likely to be smarter, healthier and happier if their dads are positively involved.


Women rightly expect a good dad to be involved in birth plans, child care and decision-making about children; and promoting equality for fathers as parents helps advance equality for women at work.


Equality at home and flexibility in work means better work-life balance for dads, who overwhelmingly want more involvement in the lives of their children.


Valuing and supporting dads brings business benefits of increased employee engagement and a healthier work-life balance, which means more motivated workers.


Services for children and families will deliver their best when they involve dads in child development, welfare and protection


Happier and more connected dads, children and families makes a better world for all of us – which is why the Scottish Government has enshrined support for dads in its National Parenting Strategy.

For more detail, check out our resources for families, services and employers.


Despite these changes, most dads still think they currently spend too little time with their children and too much time at work. We also know that children want more involvement from their dads. So Year of the Dad is all about encouraging employers and services to set an example by sharing great practice, signing up as an organisation – and help accelerate the change into a father-friendly, family-friendly, inclusive world.


Despite these changes, most dads still think they currently spend too little time with their children and too much time at work. We also know that children want more involvement from their dads. So Year of the Dad is all about encouraging employers and services to set an example by sharing great practice, signing up as an organisation – and help accelerate the change into a father-friendly, family-friendly, inclusive world.


Let’s make this happen – and celebrate the difference a great dad can make.

How to get involved:




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Check out our toolkits for employers, families and services.


Fathers Network Scotland is a young, dynamic and respected charity (charity no. SC041341) with a passion for dads – because the family and society as a whole benefit when fathers are involved in the life of their children. It is the main organiser and originator of Year of the Dad.

DAD.pngOur vision is for a safe and compassionate Scotland where all children, their families and communities are enriched and strengthened through the full and welcome involvement of their fathers.

Our mission is to drive positive cultural change by inspiring organisations, communities and individuals to engage, support and empower men to be the fathers they want to be.



Free – Year of the Dad Conference 2016

As part of the first ever Year of the Dad in 2016, Fathers Network Scotland in collaboration with the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships are hosting a conference on Friday 12th February 2016.

The conference aims to be a day of reflection, dialogue and stimulation for academics, policy-makers, diversity and inclusion leaders and practitioners. The day will highlight the positive contribution fathers make to children, families, communities and society as a whole.

After an overview of families and fathers in Britain, there will be four simultaneous streams of conversations: ‘what children need from fathers’, ‘what mothers want from fathers’, ‘what fathers need at work’ and ‘what fathers need in adversity’. The afternoon session will reflect on these streams and their recommendations. This will then feed into Year of the Dad activities in 2016.

There will also be time to relax and have discussions at stands and posters presented by students researching fathers in Scotland along with music and creative contributions from local communities.

I you require accommodation, please make your reservation under


Outline Agenda

09:00     Registration

09.30     Welcome

David Drysdale (CEO of Fathers Network Scotland)

Aileen Campbell (Minister for Children and Young People)

09.45     Families in Scotland

Lynn Jamieson (Professor of Sociology, Families and Relationships, The University of Edinburgh / Co-Director of CRFR)

10:00     The changing role of fatherhood in Britain – Margaret O’Brien (Director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL)

10.45     Conversation Streams

What do mothers want from fathers? Chaired by Stuart Valentine (Relationships Scotland)

    • Negotiating the domestic contract – how to make your partner an equal partner – Tina Miller (Professor of Sociology Oxford Brookes)
    • Men can do it – Gideon Burrows (Author and dad)
    • More TBC

What do fathers need at work? Chaired by Sarah Jackson (CEO of Working families)

    • Parental leave in Iceland – how does it work – Ingolfur Gislason (Professor in Sociology at the School of Social Sciences University of Iceland)
    • The Price of Love – Caroline Gatrell (Professor of Management Studies Lancaster University Management School)
    • Employers and new fathers: the role of extra-statutory occupational benefits in enabling shared parenting in the UK – Alison Koslowski (Senior Lecturer in Social Policy University of Edinburgh)

What do children need from fathers? Chaired by Dr. Sarah Morton (Co-Director CRFR)

    • What do children say they want – Colin Morrison (Co-Director Children’s Parliament)
    • Engaging dads in education Preston Pans School case study – Tim Porteus (Sure Start)
    • Gary Clapton (Lecturer in Social Work University of Edinburgh)

What do fathers in adversity need? Chaired by Paul Bradshaw (Director of ScotCEN)

    • In work poverty – Ann Henderson (Assistant Secretary STUC)
    • More TBC

12.45     Lunch

13.45     What’s good for families?

Feedback on discussions from each stream. (Stuart Valentine, Sarah Jackson and Sarah Morton)

14.30     Reply from key notes

(Margaret O’Brien, David Drysdale and Lynn Jamieson)

14:45     Now what? – Sam Pringle (CEO Fathers Network Scotland)

Comments from the audience

15:00     Close 

This is funded by the Scottish Government

February 12, 2016 at 9am – 3pm
John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, Edinburgh
Pollock Halls
18 Holyrood Park Rd
Edinburgh EH16 5AY
United Kingdom
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Year of the Dad 2016

What is Year of the Dad?

A year of celebration, insight and collaboration to promote the importance of fathers in child development and support men to be the dads they want to be.

How are we going to achieve this?

  •  Foster understanding of the key contribution fathers make to child development, family and community life.
  • Increase awareness of the organisational benefits in acknowledging men’s family roles.
  •  Advance father-friendly practice within organisations and their services.

Why is it important?

  • Research overwhelmingly shows that children, women and families benefit from the positive involvement of fathers.
  • Valuing and supporting dads brings business benefits of increased engagement and a healthier work-life balance – which means more motivated and efficient workers. Recent legislation – including the right to request flexible working and shared parental leave – means forward-thinking organisations are embracing new working patterns for men.
  • Promoting equality for fathers as parents at work and at home simultaneously helps to advance equality for women by decreasing the pay gap and creating more options for women to work and care.

How can I/my organisation get involved?

Join this new wave of mums, dads, practitioners and employers as we drive a shift in 21st century parenting and work culture that will benefit business, families and communities alike.

  •  Sign up to the charter for dads and commit your support either as an employer, service provider or individual. •
  • Adopt father friendly practice, challenge ingrained myths about dads and tap into the win-win of shared parenting at home and in the workplace.
  • Register online for regular Year of the Dad updates and show your support by downloading our digital supporters’ badge.
  • Network with others in the growing Year of the Dad community and be visible as an early adopter in a high-profile national campaign.
  • Let us know how we can help you celebrate Year of the Dad, share your best-practice stories and promote the importance of fathers.

Organised by Fathers Network Scotland with support from the Scottish Government Sign up at

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Together we can help make Scotland the best place in the world for children to grow up!

Please Help Flash

Our friends at Party Animals Encounters and the wonderful Flash(the Raccoon) need your support, due to new regulations from the EU Government who have just passed a bill classing Flash an invasive species and because he is used for commercial purposes, there is a chance Flash will be required to be put to sleep.

Party Animals Encounters have until the 15th December to stop this from happening. We need all our friends and families to email your local MEP.

An email is included for you to send to your MEP:

Draft Email(cut and paste and add your name)

I am writing to you as my local MP to draw your attention to the final debate on December 15th with regard to ‘REGULATION (EU) No 1143/2014 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL’. This regulation has been created to manage the issue of invasive alien species across all E.U. member states. There are currently 37 species of plants and animals on the draft list, which is due to be discussed one last time before the regulation comes into force on January 2nd 2016. While the issue of invasive species is undeniably an important one for economic and biological reasons, many of the vertebrate species on the draft list are kept as pets or by encounters companies, zoos, animal sanctuaries and animal care colleges etc around the country, all will be effected by this regulation e.g. raccoon, coati, chipmunk, sliders. Each member state will have 18 months to enforce the legislation, with a view to eradicating the listed species.

The regulation states that owners of listed animals kept as pets will be allowed to keep their pets until the end of their lives if they follow a set of, as yet unspecified, guidelines which relate to the animals accommodation. They must also have had the animal as a pet before the species inclusion on the list. It is unclear as to whether or not this refers to the original draft of the list, or the final approved draft as of Jan 2nd 2016. Should they not be able to meet the criteria within 18 months the animals will have to be euthanized. Pet owners will not be permitted to sell the animals, nor will they be allowed to remove them from their enclosure. Issues with this include:

Should pet owners be unable to meet the requirements for enclosure specs it remains unclear as to whether or not they can re-home the animal to someone who has the necessary approved accommodation for them. An exotic animal sanctuary may seem like a logical option, but commercial entities fall under a different set of regulation rules, and it is unknown whether such centre’s will be classified as commercial or otherwise. Faced with an influx of pets who have to be given up will put sanctuaries under tremendous pressure to cope. Pet owners, faced with the prospect of having to euthanize their animals may feel the only option is to release them into the wild, thus undermining the whole point of the regulation in the first place.

– Many pet coati and raccoon are taken out for walks on leads and harnesses daily. This practice would have to stop once the regulation sets in. This can greatly reduce the quality of those animals’ lives.

There is no provision in the regulation for animals needing to go to veterinary practices for treatment, or in the event the owner of the animal moves house.

The future of any baby animals born post Jan 2nd 2016 is also uncertain. Will they face automatic euthanasia, or can they be re-homed as pets? Breeding is forbidden after this date, but there are likely animals already pregnant and due to give birth post Jan 2nd.

For animals that are kept commercially, a definitive list of what is classed as commercial has still not been released, the situation is much graver. Owners of listed species that are classed as commercially kept will have 18 months in which to re-home the animals as pets, or to research centre’s, otherwise the animals will have to be euthanized. This law could potentially affect zoos, animal sanctuaries, animal encounters businesses, and animal care colleges. Any movement of the animals out of their enclosure during this time is only allowed for the re-homing process. Issues with this include:

Finding suitable homes for animals such as coati or raccoon is not an easy task. They require specialist care and given the uncertain classification of sanctuaries and rescue centre’s in the regulations, the only available option is to re-home to experienced and suitable private owners, finding those in itself is a huge challenge.

In the case of animal encounters businesses, while the animals have a commercial value to the business, they are essentially pets. Coati and raccoon that go to encounters with the elderly and children are inevitably hand reared animals that have hands on contact with their owners daily. Owners and animals must have a strong bond in order to do an animal encounter in the first place. Yet under the regulation these animals must be re-homed. It is unclear if encounters companies can just stop taking the animals to encounters by Jan 2nd 2016 and therefore re-classify their animals as pets.

The financial loss to businesses that can no longer include the listed species in their line up is also huge. Raccoon and coati walks, media events and bookings gained purely due to the inclusion of such unusual animals in the line up, will all have economic effects on small businesses in this country.

The animals included on the list are extremely questionable, and seem to pose little to no invasive threat in this country. Furthermore, species that are a huge problem for biodiversity in this country are not listed at all. As the regulation stands, any animal can be added to the IAS list during future reviews. The issues with this are:

UK citizens could be planning to, or already own pets that are not listed, but will be added in future.

This directly threatens the livelihood of animal encounters businesses who may be hit by further bans on keeping animals they take to encounters. Investing in the correct enclosures and buying the animals is a large investment for a small business. Being informed several months later that the animal will be added to IAS list and therefore subject to the regulation could potentially cripple this sector.

While action on the topic of invasive species is necessary, the regulation document does not make reasonable provision for ordinary E.U. and U.K. citizens who are trying to make a living, and exercising their right to keep pets. It does not make provision for the welfare of the animals involved. The measures that are due to be taken are excessive, and the list of animals makes little sense. A big question is who will enforce this regulation, how will it be enforced, who will pay for it to be enforced?
This is something that will affect us all in the U.K., please look into the regulation and draft list and voice our issues on December 15th.

Kind regards

Your Name