Sure way for dads to spend time with their kids

Stacey Marko (Sure Start) & Michael Gallagher (Mayfield) who are setting up a new group for dads & male carrers

Stacey Marko (Sure Start) & Michael Gallagher (Mayfield) who are setting up a new group for dads & male carrers

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A new group for dads and male carers is keen to show that it’s not just mother and toddler groups that can provide fun for a parent and child.

Sure Start Midlothian received £398,128 Lottery funding to run ‘Wriggle and Giggle’ every Saturday morning 10-11.30am at Family Reachout, TU Hut in Mayfield, and at Stepping Forward, 60 Queensway, Penicuik. The money will keep the scheme going until December 2015.

Dads and male carers will be able to bring children along for free sessions of songs and activities.

Stacey Marko is a family support worker, for the Dads and Grandparents Project at Sure Start.

She said: “There are not that many groups specifically for dads and male carers.

“A lot of it is mother and toddler groups. So we are trying to engage more with groups for male carers.

“This funding we have got is to get more male carers engaged and doing things with their children.

“I’m hoping to be busy, there is quite a lot of interest from other dads’ groups. We are trying to reach dads and male carers who might be working through the week.”

Read more on this in the July 18 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.