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Better Start Bradford supports local Dads to get healthy

Local dads from Bradford will be cooking up healthy treats for their families, thanks to funding through Better Start Bradford’s Parents in the Lead Awards fund.

Parents in the Lead Activity Fund has today awarded five more awards totaling over £6,000 to community groups in the Bradford area of Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton. So far 16 groups have received a total of over £18,000.

One of the groups; ‘Dishy Dads’ will be rolling up their sleeves and embarking on a six-week course to learn how to confidently cook healthy meals from scratch, with their children, at St John’s Bowling Hub.

David Brickman, Dishy Dads’ Project Co-ordinator, said: “We are looking forward to bringing together a group of Dads to cook healthy food together. The Dads will not only learn new skills, they will have fun cooking with their children and form a supportive network for each other in the community.”

Mums, ‘grannies’, toddlers and babies are also set to benefit from Parents in the Lead, with funding of £795. The intergenerational ‘Mamas and Papas Lullabies’ project will bring together older women ‘grannies’ and young mums with their under fours. The mums will learn lullabies from the older women’s heritage and culture, and together they will do craft activities, gardening and growing fruit and vegetables.

Gill Thornton, Better Start Bradford Project Manager, said: “It’s great to see dads, mums and grandparents embracing the opportunity the Parents in the Lead Awards fund gives them to put their project ideas into action. The fund really does ensure that parents and carers are leading on giving their children the best start in life.”

Better Start Bradford, which is made possible by the Big Lottery Fund using National Lottery funding, launched Parents in the Lead Activity Fund earlier this year. The activity fund is designed to help parents run activities for families expecting babies or with children under four in in the Bradford area of Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton.

Projects must be parent or grandparent-led and the project must benefit children under four and their parents. Projects must contribute towards social and emotional development; develop communication and language; improve nutrition and health.

The next deadline for applications for funding from Parents in the Lead is Thursday 30 November 2017. For further information, please visit the ‘our projects’ section at www.betterstartbradford.org.uk.

For a full list of awarded projects see table below.

Parents in the Lead Awards September 2017
Group Project Award Description
St John’s Bowling Hub Dishy Dads £600.00 This healthy eating six-week course will bring together dads to learn how to cook healthy meals from scratch confidently for their children. It will also give the dads access to a support network of local dads.
Womenzone Mamas and Papas Lullabies £795.00 This intergenerational project will bring together older women ‘grannies’ and young mums and their under fours. The mums will learn traditional lullabies from the ‘grannies’ and together they will do craft activities, gardening, growing fruit and vegetables and making picture frames.
Thornbury Play & Learn Nursery Thornbury Tots £1882.95 Parents will run a 12-week toddler group based on ideas from parents at coffee mornings. At each session there will be learning and development opportunities for parents as well as lots of fun activities for the children.
New Beginnings Bumps and babies Under Fours Play Outdoors £1274.00 This asylum and refugee mums group will provide weekly baby signing and singing sessions for mums and babies. There will also be storytelling for toddlers, brought to life with supporting craft activities.
Russell Street Day Nursery Extra curricular nursery trips £1590.00 A group of parents, whose young children attend the nursery, would like to do activities together once the nursery ‘day’ has ended. The aim is for the nursery children to be more active outside of nursery hours by using local green spaces for a variety of activities such as Teddy Bear picnics, educational trips, and visits to a local community orchard.

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