New home for Who Let The Dads Out?

Care for the Family and BRF make announcement

Press release

Care for the Family and The Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) announce that Who Let The Dads Out? became part of Care for the Family on 1 October 2018.

The first Who Let The Dads Out? group began in Hoole Baptist Church in 2003 with the express intention of serving its local community. The group aimed to give fathers and father-figures an opportunity to spend time with their young children and to meet other local fathers. The group was so successful that other churches also started their own groups and a Who Let The Dads Out? network began to develop.

Who Let The Dads Out? became part of BRF in 2012. During the past six years there has been significant growth from 50 churches running Who Let The Dads Out? groups to 278, now reaching over 9,600 fathers and their children. The team has developed a range of resources and training, along with a network of regional representatives to support local groups, and it has become a respected authority on supporting fathers and father-figures in the home.

Throughout this history, BRF and Who Let The Dads Out? have both collaborated regularly with Care for the Family and in recent months the three parties had a developing conversation about the future in order to enable Who Let The Dads Out? to flourish all the more. The agreed conclusion by all concerned was that a transition of Who Let The Dads Out? from BRF to Care for the Family is the right next step to grow and develop it.

Care for the Family has a Christian foundation and a focus on strengthening family life across the UK, so there is a strong synergy with Who Let The Dads Out?'s vision to serve and strengthen fathers and father-figures in the home.

We are proud of all that Who Let The Dads Out? has achieved in the past six years as part of BRF. It’s such an important project, with a vital message for our times. We thank God for Mark and Tony and as we hand the baton on to Care for the Family we know that Who Let The Dads Out? is in safe hands, and will flourish further there.

Richard Fisher, BRF's Chief Executive

Who Let The Dads Out? is a vital project for churches to embrace and an effective way to impact men and their children. I am thankful for the growth this ministry has seen at BRF. As we look to the future with Care for the Family we are confident that Who let The Dads Out? will continue to grow and will develop in new and exciting ways.

Mark Chester, Founder of Who Let The Dads Out?

When BRF and Who Let The Dads Out? first approached Care for the Family with the proposal that we might consider taking this incredible initiative into its next season, we did not hesitate to say yes. We have watched from afar the development and impact of Who Let The Dads Out? and are thrilled that we will now have the opportunity to participate in it in the years ahead.

Rob Parsons, Chairman of Care for the Family

For further information

  • At Care for the Family contact: Lisa Hillier at Cinnamon Letters.  lisahillier [at] cinnamonletters.co.uk or call 01799 529790

  • At BRF contact: Debbie Clayden debbie.clayden [at] brf.org.uk or call 01865 319717 (8.45 am–3.15 pm) or Sophie Aldred on 07939 231831 (after 3.15 pm).

About Care for the Family - Care for the Family is a national charity which aims to strengthen family life and help those who face family difficulties. We provide marriage and relationship, parenting and bereavement support through events, courses, a volunteer network and other resources. 

About The Bible Reading Fellowship - The Bible Reading Fellowship is passionate about making a difference through the Christian faith. We want to see lives and communities transformed through our creative programmes and resources for individuals, churches and schools.