Euan McGrory: Dads Rock deserve our help in fight for survival

The Dads Rock playgroups are a great Edinburgh success story.

Tuesday, 28th November 2017, 6:46 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:24 pm
Fergus Wright (8), Thomas Lynch, Hanka Seabright (6) and Daniel Nec (4) launch Dads Rock

Run by fathers for fathers and their children they have found a niche which no one else was filling in the Lothians. As we all know, men have a tendency to bottle up their feelings and put on a brave face when they are under pressure. That’s particularly true of us Scots.

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The charity was set up after two dads, David Marshall and Thomas Lynch, couldn’t find a group where they could spend time bonding with their kids - without feeling like they were being judged by critical mums. Their idea proved so popular that it quickly expanded into running a series of playgroups and support services across the city. They found that it appealed to dads from all social backgrounds and fulfilled a real need. Soon people from other parts of the country were coming to see how they could copy its success.

Now, through no fault of their own, the funding rug has been pulled from under their feet. Without emergency help, the future looks bleak - but, if they can survive the coming months, the dads believe they still have a bright future. It would be sad loss if they can’t. Find out how you can help at