Dads WhatsApp Group (Dads Rock)

Availability : Edinburgh Wide

Who is this for?

  • New Dads and Dads-to-be in Scotland


This service is peer support for new Dads in Scotland. It is Scotland’s first and only national service to support Dads in the Perinatal stage who feel their mental health could be better (Perinatal stage is currently defined as the time from when you first learn you are going to be a Dad and up to your baby’s first birthday).

One of our Family Workers, Maddy, oversees the programme and matches referred Dads with our trained peer support volunteers. These volunteers are experienced Dads/Mums themselves, and provide mental and emotional support to new Dads through six weekly 1:1 Zoom sessions.

The purpose of this service is to reduce anxiety and isolation among new Dads, and help increase their confidence in their parenting abilities.

How do I access this?

  • Self referral

Dads can refer themselves to the service, or a loved one or involved health professional may also refer Dads to our service, with their knowledge and consent. We have a referral form on our webpage, but email or phone inquiries are also welcome.

Is there a cost?


Location information


Opening times

Dads Rock staff are generally available Mon. – Fri., 9:00-17:00.

Within the peer support service, opening times are any time that suits the referral’s and volunteer’s schedules for meetings.

Contact Details

Madeleine Welsh

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Types of support on offer:

Information and advice
Support from someone with similar experience
Support on the phone

Type of services on offer:

Relationships and Family Life

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