Can I choose between a group and one-on-one support?
Usually a location that is too small to sustain an on-going group can provide a Field Volunteer to meet face to face within a week or two for less formal support over a coffee or beer. If there is a group in your location but you are not available to attend, or if you are just not ready to meet with 4-12 men, a facilitator or group volunteer may be available to meet with you one-on-one or over the phone.
Can I have both?
In some areas that are well resourced, a Dad can have both. Ideally, every group will have some core members who make themselves available to be a ‘buddy’ to someone requiring individualised support outside of the group meeting time.
Are you sure this doesn’t cost me?
That’s right. Even the gold coin donation that most groups request to pay for the meeting room hire is your choice to contribute. We understand that many separated men are struggling financially. We rely on funding to keep the doors open, and some groups have fund-raising activities to assist.
How long will I have to wait?
Usually a volunteer should be able to arrange to meet you within a week or two, even though they have work and family commitments. DIDSS is uniquely placed to bridge the gap while you are on the waiting list for professional support services, mediation or counselling.
What if there is no Field Volunteer in my area?
We will help you explore alternative supports in your area, or at least provide telephone support.