PLANS are afoot to set up a dance class for dads and their babies in Greenock.

Organisers at Gibshill Community Centre say they need at least 10 fathers and their little ones to show an interest in the class before they can start it.

Erin Donnelly, the centre's development manager, said that as paternity leave is so short, some dads feel a lack of opportunity to bond with their little ones.

Erin said: "It's very rare that you see dads getting more than six weeks paternity.

"There's not a lot out there for dads - they don't get the same support.

"So I thought a group that is specifically for dads would be great as sometimes they can feel embarrassed about coming into a group of mums.

"It would be great to be able to build their support."

Dad Sean Lyons, who has a three month old son, Björn, is encouraging other fathers to pledge their support so it can get off the ground.

The 27-year-old, who lives in Holmscroft Street, said: "I think it's a great idea because there's nothing for dads out there.

"This would be a great way for other dads to meet each other instead of being stuck at home, and it'll be a good laugh."

Erin says that dads will benefit from the mild workout, meeting other dads and enjoying one to one time with their little one.

The babies will get precious bonding time with their dads and the dance class will be designed to aid inner ear development, balance, spatial awareness, rhythm and musicality.

Before the class can get up and running, the centre needs 10 participants to take part in a four session pilot programme which costs £15.

The class is proposed to run on a Friday evening from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

Anyone who is keen is asked to register their interest via the Gibshill Community Centre Facebook page or phone 741588.