Dads in Distress

South Western Sydney PHN Region (S.W.Sydney & Southern Highlands)

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Keeping dads alive and in their kids lives

Established Fathers Day 1999

We acknowledge the Dharug and Gundungarra people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.


2022 NEW Services & Times!

Check out our all new and revised support services covering the South West Sydney and Southern Highland regions.

  • Online meetings now run 5 days a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Time and link to join are listed here on our online support groups page. They are also listed and to be found in the calendar below.

  • In-person (face to face) support groups are back and meeting weekly in Bowral, Liverpool, Revesby, Fairfield, Glenfield and Camden. Click on location name to see details or refer to the calendar below for an overview of times.

  • Launch of all new 'Dad Social' on 1st (Bowral), 2nd (Liverpool) and 3rd (Varies) Fridays of every month.

  • All new Telegram app based private local dad chat group. Connect with and speak to local dads like you 24/7. Call our coordinator on 02 8005 0016 or attend any meeting to get details.

Click here (or image) to download and print / display this poster.

Support Calendar & Listing

If it's listed, it's running. If it's not listed, it's not running. If you need urgent help and cannot access the services below, call our regional manager on 02 8005 0016

TELEPHONE - call our helpline on 1300 853437

Operates Monday to Saturday (closed on Sundays)

8.30am to 5pm

If our operator is engaged on another call, please DO leave a message and they WILL call you back as soon as they are free.

IN-PERSON - 'The Dad Social', informal night out on Fridays (venues may require vaccination)

If you haven't yet tried our formal support groups or helpline, or maybe you're a bit hesitant to do so, why not try our informal dad night out held on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Friday of every month? Location and venue alternates around the South West Sydney and Southern Highlands areas; each being listed in our calendar above. If you fancy meeting us and some of the other dads that come along, why not join us. Just come along, say hi and get some informal support or just enjoy a night out and make a few new mates with others going through similar issues in your area. This is what Dads in Distress started out as on Fathers Day 1999; local dads doing it tough, helping out other local dads experiencing the same. New dads always very welcome. It's also a great way to find out about the formal support we offer and if that would work for you. If you have any questions, call our support coordinator, Pete on 02 8005 0016 anytime.

IN-PERSON - 'No man left behind' walking pairs (Vaccination NOT required)

Arrange to catch up for a walk with one of our facilitators.

Available across South West Sydney subject to team member availability.

Perfect for those dads that want to meet up in person but are NOT vaccinated.

Refer current NSW COVID rules applicable to our region.

Call 02 8005 0016 to book.

Free of charge.

ONLINE - weekly group support meetings (using Zoom)

Click here to check out when our online support groups run.

These meetings use Zoom which works on your mobile, tablet or computer. Computer is recommended.

Click here to join any of the above meetings ahead of the start time.

You'll be placed in an online waiting room, then let into the meeting once it starts.

ONLINE - chat to other local dads on the Telegram mobile app

Telegram (download here) is a free app that can be used on most mobiles, on your tablet and through any browser.

Our 'dad chat group' is set to private for your safety so you'll need to be invited to join.

Attend any of our meetings and ask about getting an invite.

Great for chatting to other local dads who are separated, asking questions between meetings and arranging get togethers.

ONLINE - join one of our free dad workshops (including free legal support)

Family law Q&A

Coming soon

  • Managing Parental Conflict, estimated go live Dec'21

VACCINATION STATUS - There are support options for everyone

We operate a policy of 'no man left behind'. Everyone deserves support. :)

At the height of the pandemic related restrictions, our services went online and we continue to offer these as an option for those that prefer or are not able to come out to the physical 'in-person' groups. However, our in-person groups are now reopening (check calendar above) and we're happy to support you regardless of your status but, the public venues from which we operate sometimes do require that all people entering are vaccinated. To this end, here are the options for those not vaccinated - all are 100% FREE:

  • Telephone helpline on 1300 853437

  • Booked 1-2-1 phone calls (call 02 8005 0016 to arrange)

  • Booked 1-2-1 walk (two men walking or grabbing a coffee) in Southern Highlands on a Tuesday (call 8005 0016 to arrange)

  • Booked 1-2-1 walk (two men walking or grabbing a coffee) across South West Sydney on a Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat (call 8005 0016 to arrange)

  • Online ZOOM support groups that operate Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays (check calendar above for times and details)

  • Occasional public stands in public places where you can pop by and have a chat (listed in calendar above)

Thank you!

To all the amazing local organisation's that support our life saving work

You make all the difference for families and children in our community

Want to add your logo to this page?

Help us by:

1) Raising local awareness - invite us to put up a stand or speak at your local event or simply display our posters / cards for local people to find

2) Provide a meeting venue - where we can run our weekly support groups

Get in contact on 02 8005 0016 or to discuss.