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Inspiring Dads

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 Lancey

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. 

Dads Allowed

Dad and Kids play session

Thursdays 2.30pm - 5pm

£2 per child

Term-time from 8th Sep

Join us for our dad and kids only play session each Thursday afternoon during term time. Book online with meal deals available! 


The Epic Dad Wellbeing Course

5 weeks from Tue 13th Sep,

7.30pm for 8pm start

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.

Support Group

Who Let the Dads Out?

2nd Saturday of the month 9am – 10.30am.

Free play session for local dads including breakfast (run in conjunction with People’s Church Partington)

Upcoming dates: 

10th Sep

8th Oct

12th Nov

10th Dec


Dads Night Out

A social evening for dads to relax, enjoy great food and a beer together, play games, and take a bit of time out from every day life.

Next Event:

Tuesday 18th October, 7.30pm

Dinner Party

Dad Cafe

Pizza, chat and a little learning

Every Tuesday from 1st Nov


Dad cafe is chance for dads to get together, eat pizza, swap stories, have a laugh and do a little bit of learning each week too. 



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.

Chatting Over Coffee

Dad & Kids Camp

21st - 23rd October 2022

For: Any dad with one child age 7 or over

Where: Ormside Mill, Lake District
Cost: £25 per family
Accommodation: 2 and 4 bed bunk rooms
Food: All included
Transport: Can be provided if needed
Activities:  Kayaking, Den building/Bushcraft, climbing, archery (weather and age/ability dependent)

Sitting by Campfire

Dad Skills

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!

Cooking Lunch

How to sign up

You can book Dads Allowed, Dad Cafe, The Epic Dad Wellbeing Course and Dad's Night Out through our main booking page, or by completing the form linked below. If you're interested in any of the activities that haven't been scheduled yet, please complete the form below to register your interest.