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DadsWork SCIO is a community project in East Lothian working with fathers and male care givers
We offer support groups, positive parenting classes, workshops on the role of fathers, home visits, trips and outings for fathers and their children

DadsWork SCIO is a safe place for dads to meet other dads and talk about their experiences

DadsWork SCIO is supported by East Lothian Council and the National Lottery Community Fund

East Lothian Council supporting DadsWork SCIO
Community Fund assists DadsWork SCIO

We take great pride in what we do and we strive to make a difference:

  • Promote Healthy Parenting emotionally, physically and practically
  • Reduce isolation and increase socialisation
  • Promote the inclusion of fathers in parenting to benefit their children
  • Raise confidence, self-esteem and skills of being a dad
  • Influence services to become more father friendly through giving dads a voice

If you are a father or male care giver looking for support contact us now, and see how Dads Make a Difference!

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“Kevin and the team at DadsWork have been an extremely helpful and excellent way to learn, share, laugh and enjoy the journey that is becoming a dad. No question has been unanswered and all of Dads2Be sessions we’ve had have been super informative. My wife even found these to be more engaging and interesting than the mum focused sessions!

Shortly after our son was born, we attended the dads buggy walk which I personally think is an excellent idea. Simple and easy but also a great opportunity to meet other dads and share experiences and learn from one another. I hope to be part of more DadsWork initiatives and hope to be able to contribute towards some of these in the future.

An excellent resource run by some exceptional people!”

Neil Stewart – Dads 2 Be

Donate To Us

As a charity organisation donations are vital in helping us continue to provide our range of services to fathers and male carers across East Lothian.

If you are able to make a donation, no matter how small, you can be sure it will be used well on one or more of our services.

Please click the link below to visit our JustGiving Donations page. Thank you.

Our History

DadsWork is the longest running dad’s organisation in Scotland, based in Prestonpans, East Lothian and has been operating for 24 years. DadsWork SCIO pride themselves in being a safe place for dads within the community to meet, share their experiences and access support.

DadsWork SCIO are an extremely well respected and established organisation, they have worked with caregiving men and their families in East Lothian for 24 years, and the wider community of Scotland.

We started in 2000 in a small room in Musselburgh supporting dads and received our charitable status in 2003. DadsWork were successful in receiving three-year funding from BBC Children in Need and the largest award in Scotland in 2004 of £70,000. DadsWork listened carefully to their community, and developed their services to support the needs of the dads they serve.

In 2008 DadsWork were again successful in securing funds from The National Lottery Fund through Investing in Communities. The award of £283,328 went towards developing new services and continuing to serve their community by offering support to fathers and their families throughout East Lothian.

Since 2014 we have been financially supported by East Lothian Council and now for 2023 – 2025 have a Service Level Agreement in place committing funds of £150,00 for three years alongside a commitment from The National Lottery Fund – Improving Lives Fund of £165.350 stabilising the importance of our services for fathers in East Lothian.

We added a new ante natal programme called Dads2Be East Lothian in 2016 preparing new expectant dads for fatherhood. In 2020 we incorporated the Men’s Shed programme into our services.

DadsWork (Charity no. SCO34170) relaunched with no change to its services or work as DadsWork SCIO (Charity no. SC051771) in 2022.

DadsWork are a truly valued community partner of Elphinstone Primary School.

Kevin and the team have made an amazing effort to build relationships and offer opportunities for dad’s and male carers in our school community. This year, they have been instrumental in the establishment of our edible garden, helping local dads to source materials and build planters and a shed collaboratively with their children. There is no task too big or small that DadsWork will not see as an opportunity, not only to promote inclusion of fathers in the life of our school, but also to raise the confidence and self-esteem of male carers. We have witnessed first-hand the commitment they have to promoting healthy parenting and the impact this has had on families. This has in turn also helped us to reflect on how father friendly our setting is. 

We are so grateful to work with you and the work you have done for us.

Elphinstone Primary School

DadsWork SCIO would like to thank all our funders, donators, partners and volunteers who support us to support our families throughout East Lothian

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