When William Ride became a single father of his two sons after his wife’s death from leukaemia, he approached his Sure Start centre for help.Six years later he is planning a career for himself working with children, with an ambition to set up dads’ groups in his area.
Following his visits to Sure Start, Barnardo’s asked him to consider forming a fathers’ group. Starting with a Saturday morning brunch club and a Dads’ and Tots’ Group, activities have spread rapidly throughout Derby including two conferences. He was also on a fundraising committee to pay for trips for families to local attractions.
William had always found learning difficult but he was determined to do his best for his children, so he took courses in Parenting, Diversity and Safeguarding, Handling Children’s Behaviour and Child Protection. Now he is taking the NCFE Level 1 Working with Children course and plans to make this his career.
Learning was his key to success, he said. “The learning I have done on the course has given me the skills in childcare and helped me with my knowledge and understanding.”
Pauline Ferguson, his tutor and nominator from Derbyshire County Council Adult Community Education Service, said, “He is an excellent role model for learning and progression.”