Community Heroes in the Spotlight supporting men

Published on 22 November, 2023

DorPIP guide families through the crucial first 1001 days of parenthood by providing support to help parents forge a secure, lasting connection with their little one, establishing a strong foundation for their future.

The DorPIP Dads Group was designed to address the unique challenges and needs of new fathers. There is a stereotype that fathers and men in general need to be ‘strong’ even when they may be struggling with poor mental health.

DorPIP Dads group is a free online educational and life skill course which provides fathers with up-to-date information about men’s mental health, baby development and how that impacts on their role as a father. It is also a confidential space for fathers to ask the questions they never felt they could and explore their own thoughts and feelings around parenthood, with other fathers in similar situations.

One DorPIP Dad said:

‘Just wanted to say a big thank you, the work you have put in has and will help Dads and families out there enormously.’

Dads can register for the free course here

Call: 07813 989707


Listen to the Hope FM interview here


The HealthBus Trust is a charity that provides healthcare to people experiencing homelessness in Bournemouth and the surrounding areas. It delivers care to people sleeping rough and in emergency accommodation. The HealthBus Trust believes that every person has an equal right to healthcare in a safe and non-judgmental environment.

Most patients seen by the HealthBus are men with underlying health conditions who don’t ask for treatment until their condition becomes much worse.  The life expectancy of a homeless person is 30 years less than that of the general population, which means about 47 years of age for men. The HealthBus Trust report that men are more likely to be made redundant and less likely to be re-employed than women, which increases their risk of falling into debt and losing their home; and also that homeless men have a higher suicide rate than homeless women.

The HealthBus are offering the chance to chat about and have Covid-19 and flu vaccinations to people experiencing homelessness. Bags of Hope goody bags will be shared with anyone who comes along to have a chat and/or the vaccinations.

For people who are experiencing homelessness and need help email

In an emergency dial 999

To find out more about the work of The HealthBus Trust

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For GP services: call your own surgery or dial 111

Listen to the Hope FM interview here