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Bringing up a baby can be a role that is shared by new parents, carers, grandparents and other family members too

Your support mechanism

In this section you'll find information to support:

  • Dads and male carers  

  • Supportive partners - for partners, friends and family, including grandparents

Dads and Male Carers' Zone 

Family Hubs in Northumberland have teamed up with DadPad, which is an essential guide for new dads, developed with the NHS. 

As a new dad you will feel excited, but you may also feel left out, unsure or overwhelmed. The DadPad can help by giving you the knowledge and practical skills that you need. The resource will support you and your partner to give your baby the best possible start in life. 

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Find out more about DadPad by clicking here or on the image. It's the essential guide for new and soon-to-be dads.


Pick up a 38-page wipe-clean i-DadPad for free enquire at your local Family Hub.

Family Hubs in Northumberland have teamed up with DadPad to bring you the DadPad App for free. 

If you are using an Android device click here to go to Google Play

If you are using an Apple device click here to go to the Apple Store

Once you've downloaded the App onto your device, you'll be prompted to enter your postcode. Then select the most relevant app for your area, containing information on local services, support groups and hospitals.


DADTALK Online Workshops

For dads during pregnancy and beyond.  Partners are welcome too. 

Join virtually from home, using your mobile device or laptop.

Topics include: 

  • the importance of ‘Dad’ 

  • the rollercoaster of change 

  • dealing with crying, changing, sleeping, feeding 

  • where to get more help and support  

  • celebrating fathers 

Email: with your name and contact telephone number, and our team will invite you to a session.

What's the Craic

What's the Craic?

Meet other dads and male carers in your area as we navigate the challenges of parenting together.


Enjoy a kid-free space and some time to relax and socialise.

Contact the Northumberland Recovery College directly to book:

Mobile: 07866053717


Find out about wellbeing support here


*Sessions are free for Dads and male carers who live or work in Northumberland with a child aged 0-19 years old and 25 years with additional needs (SEND). If you'd like to come along, email or call us.

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Family Hubs in Northumberland have teamed up with DigiDad. DigiDAD is an online E-Learning platform full of father friendly content.  Find out more about DigiDad by clicking here or on the image.

Supportive Partners Space 

You can find lots of advice for partners by clicking here


Kinship Compass is an independent online advice and support hub just for kinship carers. They recognise that grandparents and siblings, aunts, uncles and family friends often step up to raise children when their parents can’t. Find out more about Kinship Compass by clicking here.

You can also look for local support groups, which are a great way to meet other kinship carers, by clicking here.

The Young Carers Service supports all carers under the age of 18 across Northumberland - find out more by clicking here

Adoption and fostering 

If you are fostering or adopting a child, including from abroad, and being a surrogate mother, you'll find lots of information by clicking on the links below: 

Explore our Start for Life offer



Support and advice for pregnancy, labour and birth

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It's free and easy to access a Family Hub, get started today

Managing Home Finances


Benefits and financial support available to families

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Explore further information and useful tips

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Find out more about a healthy start for your baby

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Visit our Dad's Zone and Supportive Partners Space

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About Early Years support for additional needs

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