Men Behaving Dadly at family friendly club

MILNGAVIE Allander Evangelical Church, Men Behaving Dadly Club, New activities club for dads and their children.
MILNGAVIE Allander Evangelical Church, Men Behaving Dadly Club, New activities club for dads and their children.

A dad who felt there was a need for a group which

allows fathers to spend quality time with their children has set up a new club.

Milngavie man Matthew Edmonds, who is married to Alix, has a six month old daughter, Brèagha.

They are active members of Allander Evangelical Church, in Milngavie, and they also run the youth section for ages 11-17 there.

Matthew said: “I started Men Behaving Dadly because there was no other similar group in East Dunbartonshire or even Glasgow.

“I wanted to create a place for men to come and spend some quality time with their kids and get to know other dads in the community at the same time.

“After my wife had our daughter I realised there were a lot of events and groups for mums and toddlers but none for the dads, and I didn’t want them to miss out.

“These groups are also a great stepping stone for children preparing to go to playgroup and help to build their confidence.”

Men Behaving Dadly is for pre-school children (0-3) and takes place on the last Saturday of every month from 9.30am-11am at Allander Evangelical Church in Claremont Gardens, Milngavie.

There are toys, activities and snacks for the kids and delicious bacon rolls,tea and coffee for the dads. They also have a short time at the end with a video for the children which looks at various Bible stories.

They have had two sessions so far and around 20 dads went along to each one.

Matthew, who is currently training to be a a chartered accountant at Martin Aitken & Co and Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland (ICAS), added: “The attendance so far has been really encouraging, but we always have room to expand.

“Men Behaving Dadly is a great place for dads and kids to play, socialise and re-energise.

“It’s a chance for the guys to give the mums a lie-in on a Saturday mornng and I’d encourage them to bring their kids along.

“We are definitely going to continue with Men Behaving Dadly for the long term.

“We are also planning regular social events just for the dads over the coming months, including a sports quiz and a curry night.”