Dad Helps Dads
91. Nigel Blair-Park
Dad of three, Nigel Blair-Park founded ‘Cromarty Vets’, a group based in Bishop’s Stortford that brings dads support each other by spending time together and sharing their experiences.
Since Nigel founded the group in 2007, he has grown the group from 11 men to a community of over 100 and there are plans to widen the reach of the Cromarty Vets, extending their work to incorporate older teenage boys and younger men to be part of the group and create role models. He has done this with the support of his employer, Barclays, who actively encourages its employees to give their time and use their skills to support local communities.
In addition to events for dads to share experiences, the group organises many events that incorporate the children and help grow the bond between dads and their families. Together Cromarty families have climbed mountains, cycled hundreds of miles, organised camping holidays and raised lots of money for local causes. The group also runs sessions encouraging dads to tackle issues affecting their children and families, for example unemployment.
Prime Minister David Cameron said:
“Being a dad is one of the best but most challenging things a man can do. As a father of three, Nigel understands the support and friendship that can make parents’ lives easier and he has put in a great deal of time and care to create a space for Dads to come together and help each other. I am delighted to recognise Nigel as a Point of Light today.”
“I am overwhelmed by this Point of Light Award that will simply spur me on to do more. Cromarty Vets offers so much to the men it helps and yet it is only scratching the surface. My hope is that a Cromarty Vets men’s group will pop up in every town in the UK. Having fathers who feel good and content with themselves can only be good for them, their families and the next generation.”
Mark Prisk MP said:
“I really like what Nigel Blair-Park is doing, in supporting dads and their families. Parenting is under great pressure and it’s so rare for dads to get help in this way. Nigel and his group really deserve this award.”