Being a dad is hard! There's very little training or support and yet we're somehow supposed to know how to care for our little bundles of joy, raise children in the right way and all the while somehow supporting our family and looking after our own mental health.
Inspiring Dads is the name of a new project which is part of our extensive Family & Education team support. We have a dedicated dads' worker - Andy Lancey - who is passionate about getting alongside birth fathers and those playing the role of dad in all its wonderful, complicated shapes and sizes, empowering, encouraging and equipping them to be the best dads that they can be.
We have a range of fantastic resources from EPIC Dad and Dads Matter which is used to help shape courses and conversations. Andy is available for formal and informal mentoring and support over a brew or walk as you try to figure it all out. There are drop-in sessions, with or without kids, to meet other dads and give each other a little encouragement. There's even a dad camp in the planning for dads to spend some amazing 1-1 quality time investing in their young ones.
If you want to find out more, get involved, go on a course or simply reach out, get in touch now.
Andy is our dads' worker. He's passionate about empowering and encouraging other dads to learn together, share their knowledge and become the best they can be. Andy is a dad to two children and always strives to be the best possible dad he can be to them.
Andy is a lover of many sports and long-term supporter of Portsmouth FC, he also loves American Football and was delighted to see his Bengals team recently reach the SuperBowl. He enjoys playing badminton, the piano and trumpet and is a leader at the People's Church Partington.
The Epic Dad Survival Course
A 3-session course for new and expectant dads to talk through key areas, such as a father’s readiness, relationships, and roles. Attendance on the course also includes the free gift of an EPIC Dad Survival Kit (a backpack filled with useful items for the new dad and their new baby).
The Epic Dad Wellbeing Course
A 5-session course aimed at supporting fathers and father figures with their overall wellbeing. The course helps dads explore practical things they can do to make positive changes in their lives. Through the course we seek to encourage dads to better look after themselves, so they are better able to support their families.
Next course: starting Wednesday 15th June at 7pm
1 to 1 dad mentoring is available, especially if you prefer to talk without a group present. This can be a one-off or regular meet up to discuss anything. Please contact Andy to arrange suitable time.
Dad & Kids Play Sessions
We run a weekly dad and kids' play session on Thursdays from 2pm - 5.30pm
You can book places through our usual booking page. We can also take walk-ins if we're not at capacity.
Upcoming play sessions: Thursday 7th, 15th, 22nd July, 2pm-5.30pm.
As these are our first sessions, they will be free to attend.
Dads Matter Fatherhood Course
A 5-part course, produced by Sharing Parenting, exploring parenting styles and the various aspects of fatherhood such as being a role model, provider, protector and teacher.
Next course: starting Tuesday 14th June at 7pm
Care for the Family Children and Devices Course
A single session that looks at screen time, social media, gaming, online dangers and includes loads of practical help and advice. We will slightly alter the course content to suit the ages of the children of the dads taking part in the course.
Next course: Monday 18th July at 7.30pm
Sign up here
Who Let the Dads Out?
2nd Saturday of the month 9am – 10.30am. Free play session including breakfast (run in conjunction with People’s Church Partington)
Upcoming dates: 14th May, 11th June, 9th July
Dad & Kids Camp
Overnight camping or indoor accommodation at an outward-bound centre in the Lake District. Including activities for dads and kids to do together, such as bush craft, archery, rafting, hiking, and more! For the best experience, it is recommended that one dad take one child, but two children is possible. Dates to be confirmed.
Next camp: 21st - 23rd October 2022
An opportunity to learn some new dad skills from experts such as joinery, woodwork, gardening, physical fitness, cooking (learn how to cook five healthy meals), entertaining kids, plaiting and styling long hair, managing your time, technology crash course, learning to juggle whilst unicycling, and more!
We are now accepting sign-ups for the courses and events scheduled for June. Please complete the sign-up form by clicking the button below.
If you are interested in any of the support or activities listed above, please click the button below and complete the form to register your interest, and Andy will then get in touch with you.