Being a dad for the first time is always a daunting prospect, but if you have problems with your mental or physical health it can be even more of a challenge.

John has epilepsy and type-one diabetes, as well as experiencing depression. It means he has found looking after his 16 week old daughter difficult. Things like taking his daughter out of the house and into town are particularly intimidating.

“As much as I want to be a dad” he says, “I think I do need that extra bit of support because of my health problems”.

John knew that the extra support he needed was putting pressure on his partner and was placing extra strain on his relationship. 

Home-Start Glenrothes matched John with a volunteer and it has helped him to become more confident with his daughter, and it has also helped to strengthen his relationship with his partner too.

As well as having a home visiting volunteer, John has also been going along to Home-Start Glenrothes Dads' Cooking Group.

John is learning new, practical skills at the group, but more importantly it means he now has a group of other dads who can give him support and advice.

“There’s dads out there, and mums out there who can give you advice and help,” he says. “Don’t be afraid to accept it, because there is nothing to be ashamed of. There really isn’t.”

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