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Martin Ormond (right) and Chris Booth have set up a father and toddlers group at Bispham Parish Church called Who Let the Dads Out.
Martin Ormond (right) and Chris Booth have set up a father and toddlers group at Bispham Parish Church called Who Let the Dads Out.
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A PARENT and toddler group with a difference is starting this weekend in Bispham.

This one is only for dads and grandads and their little ones!

Who Let the Dads Out? will hold its first group on Saturday, 10am until noon, at All Hallows Church, Bispham.

And there won’t be a mum in sight.

The group will be part of a national network of 60 Who Let the Dads Out groups running in churches across the UK.

Dads and grandads will be able to spend precious time with their toddlers, playing together, reading stories and meeting other dads and children.

Martin Ormond, one of the dads who set up the group, said: “The idea is to provide a safe, fun environment where dads and grandads can bring their toddlers.

“We are looking to build up our community children’s and young people’s work and thought starting with the little ones was a good idea.

“We saw the Who Let the Dads Out website and thought we would set up our own group.

“It’s taken around 12 months to get it all organised and in place and we’re about to have our first meeting. The church gave us a grant of £500.

“It will take the usual format of a parent and toddler group, and will cater for children from birth until starting school.

“We are going to have a range of activities for dads and youngsters to do together.

“We will have craft work, for example the first week the children are going to be making animal masks, we will have a table set up with Play-Doh and games toys for younger and older children, as well as an area where dads and their children can sit and read together.”

Martin who has two grown-up children, aged 18 and 21, so has been through it all himself, said: “The idea is to have activities dads and their children can do together, so they can spend previous time together, can bond with each other.

“And it might also give some mums a chance to have a morning off – to have a lie-in or go shopping or just have time to themselves.

“For single parent families we hope it will be good too.

And will give dads chance to meet other dads and socialise together.

“I think it will also give dads a chance to have fun and maybe even act like big kids themselves again for a few hours.

“We aim to build relationships – between their dads and their kids and also within the community.”

For more details, call Martin on (01253) 826153 or visit