Dad's the word
Date Added: 27/07/2015
From fabulous foster carers to fathers who have overcome personal struggles to spend more time with their children, this year’s Great Dads award proved that there are many different ways of being a fantastic father.
However, there was one thing that every nominee had in common – they were all winners.
The judges were so impressed by the inspiring quality of entries in this year’s staging, run by Central Bedfordshire Council’s Parenting Team, that everyone received a prize.
The award was open to dads and male carers across Central Bedfordshire, so stepfathers, older brothers, uncles, grandfathers and foster parents, and all of the entrants received a Great Dad certificate and either a Go Outdoors voucher, Halfords voucher, some Lindt chocolate or a family voucher to a MK Dons home game.
The winners were: Richard Armstrong, Ben McEvroy, Graeme Newman, Mark T, Dominic Morgan, Stephen Twichen, Richard Cox, Kevin Young, Jon Mayes, Carl Rowlands, David Stannet, Robert Mason, John James, Mark Russ, Imran Ilyasi and Alan Mason.
It wasn’t just family members who put forward their great dads and male carers but also impressed teachers, headteachers, social workers and family support workers who see day in, day out, the difference that great dads can make, as well as the sometimes life-changing decisions they have had to make for their children’s sake.
Councillor Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Social Care and Housing, said: “The stories that came across in this year’s nominations were awe-inspiring. From dads and foster carers who have changed their lives to become a primary carer for their children or welcomed another child or children into their family, to dads who go the extra mile for their kids or are just totally hands-on, they were brilliant to read.
“All of the Great Dads rightly deserve the recognition they received and we are very grateful to everyone who took the time to nominate someone as well as the different organisations which generously offered prizes.”
The Great Dads award took place as part of a wider Dads Invited, Dads Involved initiative around Father’s Day to highlight the importance that male role models can play, and also how dads and male carers can get more involved in their children’s lives.
More than 20 nurseries, pre-schools, schools, children’s centres and libraries across Central Bedfordshire held special events for dads and male carers.
They were: Husborne Crawley Lower School, Orchard Children’s Centre (Shefford), Westfield Nursery School (Dunstable), Bizzie Bees Nursery (Dunstable), Leighton Buzzard Children’s Centre, Dunstable North (The Beehive) Children’s Centre, Vandyke Pre-School (Leighton Buzzard), Arlesey Nursery School, St Christopher’s Academy (Dunstable), Mini Explorers Nursery (Sandy), Clipstone Brook Lower School (Leighton Buzzard), Woodentops Pre-School (Potton), Sundon Lower School, Watling Forest Club (Dunstable), Barton-Le-Clay Pre-School, Aspley Guise Pre-School, Potton Pre-School, Willow Nursery School (Dunstable), Dovery Acorns Pre-School (Leighton Buzzard), Shefford Library, Stanbridge Lower School and Hockliffe Lower School.
They included stay-and-play, crafts, sports, kite-making, card-making, science and gardening sessions, plus breakfast and lunch events.
For more information and to suggest events and ideas for next year’s initiative, email Senior Parenting Advisor Peter Barras at [email protected]