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21 October - 17 November
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An Exploration of Play

A Dad plays with his child on over the bed while Mum is in bed joining in

What’s on offer?

The interactive event is aimed at families and people who work with families and children. The event will be co-delivered by members of a collaborative researcher-community partnership including staff, volunteers, and group members from Men Behaving Dadly and Oldham Play Action Group in collaboration with researchers from the University of Salford. The event will introduce the idea that play has multiple benefits to parents/carers and will facilitate conversations about attendees’ experiences of play and the unique experiences of Dads/male carers from Oldham-based Men Behaving Dadly. An exhibition of visual minute art will also provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about an authentic co-created research project investigating the role of play in the well-being of Dads and male carers. Additionally, four different craft sessions will provide positive, creative, and fun activities for families.

What’s it about?

It can be difficult to attract, engage, and retain Dads/male carers in community and parenting activities. It is also acknowledged that men can have difficulty in opening up about their own well-being and mental health. This event aims to facilitate discussion regarding the role of play in family relationships and well-being, whilst informing the general public about ongoing co-created research involving community organisations and researchers from the University of Salford.

Who’s leading the event?

Dr Robert Bendall (University of Salford), Men Behaving Dadly, Oldham Play Action Group

Open to


Of particular interest to

The event is open to anyone but may be of particular interest to families and those working with families with a particular interest in Dads and male carers

Event Booking details

No booking required, just turn up on the day