Funding for a Dads Group awarded to Council

Published on 22 March 2024

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Mansfield Shire Council has been successful in a grant application for $100,000 to fund a four-year Dads Group program.

The program is designed to help new dads feel supported and connected as they move through parenthood.

The Victorian Government’s Department of Health has awarded the grants to 18 organisations across Victoria, with Mansfield Shire Council receiving the funding specifically to establish a Dads Group.

Mayor Cr Steve Rabie said he was glad to see funding being dedicated to fathers.

“Strong communities start in stable, strong homes,” said Cr Rabie.

“I’m pleased that this funding specifically addresses the needs of men as they face the many challenges fatherhood presents.”

Mansfield Shire Council has partnered with ‘Dads Group’ who will launch the Mansfield Dads Group Program.

Nicole Hoebergen, Coordinator Maternal and Child Health at Mansfield Shire Council, said that the program was tailored to directly supporting fathers throughout various stages of parenthood.

“The program will fund both the formal ‘Dads Group’ program as well as a peer-led group,” said Nicole.

“We’re looking for dads at all stages to participate. If you’re about to become a father, if you’re a new father or if you’re an experienced dad who could help others by sharing your experiences, I encourage you to reach out.”

For more information about how to get involved, contact Nicole Hoebergen at