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Bob Doris is today leading a debate on the Year of the Dad 2016 and celebrating the importance of fathers in their child’s social and emotional development.

The SNP MSP for Maryhill and Springburn will highlight the important advice and support that Home-Start Glasgow North provide to dads in his constituency, as well as the work of the wider Home-Start network across Scotland in areas such as south Glasgow, Dundee, Fife and Argyll and Bute.

Coinciding with the Year of the Dad 2016, Home-Start are developing “dads’ groups” and identifying fathers and children who would benefit from a range of activities including peer support, play and advice in north Glasgow.

Commenting ahead of his debate in Parliament, Bob Doris SNP MSP for Maryhill and Springburn said:

“Many families find themselves in challenging circumstances and it is right and appropriate that we continue to celebrate and support strong, resilient and inspirational mothers. However I want to take the opportunity today, in the Year of the Dad 2016, to highlight the importance of fathers and the vital role they play.

“As a new dad myself, this is something of particular interest to me and I want to help support new services in my area for dads that may benefit from them. We should be proud of the role dads play each and every day building loving relationships with their children that will last a lifetime.  The contribution they make to a child’s social and emotional development is vital.

“Marking Year of the Dad 2016, Home-Start’s new “dads’ groups” will work with dads to provide fun and practical activities to strengthen father-child relationships, help reduce isolation and build support networks for dads.  With their advice and support, Home-Start and other groups such as Fathers Network and Dad’s Rock, help fathers become more confident and resilient caregivers and role models for their children.

“A lasting legacy for Year of the Dad 2016 will be to ensure that fatherhood is celebrated and that support from fantastic initiatives like Home-Start continues to be available to dads and their children, and that where possible, dads are included in the design and delivery of children and families’ support.  This will benefit not just dads, but children, mothers and wider society.


Motion S5M-01243: Year of the Dad
That Parliament welcomes the projects being developed by Home-Start in the Maryhill and Springburn constituency and in Glasgow, as well as in Dundee, Fife and Argyll and Bute, which will leave a lasting legacy for the first ever Year of the Dad in 2016, a celebration of fathers and the importance of fathers in child development and parenting; considers that Home-Start is well placed to make a great success of such projects given its track record in helping families with young children; acknowledges its work to develop a greater focus on supporting dads through volunteer and group support; welcomes funding from the Scottish Government’s Children and Young People’s Integration Fund for Home-Start to lead the development of more work with dads across its network in Scotland; further welcomes other funding opportunities to develop Year of the Dad activities, including the STV Appeal and the Cattanach Trust; recognises the importance of such projects in supporting dads across Scotland, and believes that such work should continue to be developed to ensure that fathers are included whenever possible in the design and delivery of children and families' support work beyond 2016, which will benefit not just dads but children, mothers and wider society.

Annual Report