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Dad Connect aims to put new dads in touch with men who can help them navigate fatherhood, and there’s still a chance to be among the first to join
An innovative new mentoring scheme has launched for working dads.
The Dad Connect initiative will aim to match new dads with coaches and experienced fathers to help them navigate the huge changes that accompany parenthood.
A pilot scheme is to get underway next month. There is still space for one more father to sign up. The organisers are appealing to anyone who feels they would benefit from the mentoring to get in touch. They’ll then be matched with one of six experienced mentors drawn from a range of backgrounds including life coaches, journalists and business leaders.
Han-Son Lee, founder of the DaddiLife website is one of the organisers of the project. “Dad Connect is a groundbreaking pilot mentoring programme bringing together dads with dads,” he says. “Our aim is to affect real change for a whole new generation of working fathers.”
Fathers who want to take part can put themselves forward but co-workers or women who think their partners would benefit from the help are also being encouraged to get in touch with the Dad Connect project.
Han-Son adds, “It’s not about failing or struggling but everyone knows fatherhood can be discombobulating and our mentors are here to help. If you think you’d benefit from joining the scheme or you someone who you think would benefit – perhaps a partner or work colleague then please get in touch.”
Participants will get up to six sessions of free mentoring across the summer arranged to suit their work and childcare commitments. They will also get access to a private online group where they can discuss issues in confidence. And there’s the promise of a celebration event to bring the pilot to a close in the autumn. The dads can get help with achieving a more satisfying work-life balance or simply tap into the experience of men who have already been through fatherhood.
Anyone interested can learn more and sign up here.