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Dads’ Support Network

Child Cancer Foundation is excited to extend our partnership with Essentially Men to offer dads more opportunities to connect with other men who just get it.

In-person group meetings and one-day workshops

Come along to connect with other men and learn new skills to support yourself and other dads on the road ahead. All dads welcome. Pizza and beer will follow the evening group meetings.

In person group meetings: 5.00-8.30pm

Sat 10 April - POSTPONED

One day workshops: 9.30am-4.00pm

Sat 10 July - Parenting Place, 300 Great South Rd, Greenlane, Auckland
Sat 31 July – Christchurch
Sat 4 September – Auckland
Sat 25 September - Christchurch

Support with transport is available.

Dads’ Weekends

Our Dads’ Weekends are about adventure, connection and insight. Challenge yourself while discovering skills and tools to support yourself and other dads.

28-30 May 2021, Waitakere Resort, Auckland
5-7 November 2021, Living Springs, Christchurch

Eligible dads will receive an invitation via email.

Zoom group meetings

If you’ve attended an Essentially Men session and found it valuable, here’s a chance to get more from this space. Zoom group meetings are run on a drop-in basis on the following dates:

Sunday 11 April 6-8pm

Click the link below to join the meeting.

Men Being Real

Men Being Real is for any man who knows he could get more out of life. Whether your life is working well or you have some things to sort out, you will find this weekend workshop a powerful journey of personal discovery.

It provides help and growth for men of all ages – for younger men making their way in the world, midlife men in transition and older men moving to the next stage of their life. The programme works for men at beginning, intermediate or advanced levels of personal growth experience.

11-13 June 2021
20-22 August 2021
5-7 November 2021
Men Being Real takes place in Auckland.

Click below for more information, or contact to register.

Essentially Men Testimonial

"Sharing my truths with a group of men in a safe, non-judgmental environment has allowed me to be seen and heard, made me realise I am not alone and that there are different tools available to support me to move forwards towards becoming a better man, father, partner and friend."

All costs, including travel and meals for One-Day Workshops, Dads’ Weekends and Men Being Real, are covered by Child Cancer Foundation.

For more information on any of these programmes, please contact: or the Child Cancer Foundation office on 09 366 1270.

Looking for extra support? Check out the Essentially Men website through the button below.