Start a new group

Make no mistake, starting a new Dads or Mums support group in your area will save lives. It’s probably easier than you think and we’ll guide you along the way. To start a new group we essentially need two things:

  1. A place to meet weekly – the venue
  2. Volunteers to facilitate / support the group

It always starts with one person, so if that’s you and you’re willing to help or to provide a venue then drop us a line and let’s get started. Start by clicking here to register your interest.

About venues

PBB has indemnity insurance to protect venue owners.

  • Big enough to accomodate 10-20 chairs put into a circle
  • 10-20 chairs are available, or some other such seating (e.g. benches, lounges, stools)
  • Available 2-3 hours one night each week for a group meeting
  • It is easy to find, use public transport to get to and/or park at
  • It has a kitchen area or at least somewhere to plug in a kettle
  • An accessible bathroom
  • Ideally, it is free of charge to use or very low cost
  • Ideally, it would be available to us for at least a year if not longer
  • Historically, venues examples of venues have included:
    • Commercial business meeting rooms
    • Church halls / rooms
    • Community houses
    • Swim / surf clubs
    • Private areas within RSL’s / public houses

About volunteers

There are three key categories of volunteering:

  • Facilitating a local weekly support group
    • Key role is sitting in the circle with parents and managing the discussion
    • Needs to be a separated dad for the ‘Dads in Distress’ meetings
    • Needs to be a separated mum for the ‘Mums in Distress’ meetings
    • We ask that you commit to at least one year’s volunteering in this role
  • Help support/manage the local support group
    • Key roles here include local fund raising, awareness building, event management etc.
    • Can be anyone local willing to help support their nearest group
  • Non group based volunteering (e.g. HQ admin, remote helpline,
    • Typically, HQ based roles such as admin, national awareness, IT, remote helplines etc.
    • Can be anyone willing and capable of taking on a specific role

All volunteers need to register via our online form (linked above) where you can indicate your preference in terms of the above types of volunteering.