Dads attract dads. Fact!
56% of our member PTAs are made up of men and women, and where there's a man taking part, there's normally more than one.
Mark told us on Facebook "We have four men on our committee and two ladies. I am the chairman, another dad the secretary and another dad the treasurer as nobody wanted to do those roles... It's tough as we all work full time, but we make it work for our 210 pupil village school."
And Richard commented "I'm PTA treasurer and attend pretty much all the PTA meetings and help out at numerous events. We really struggle to engage with Dads though, I'm normally the only male at meetings. Loads of untapped talent that could benefit our school."
These are our top five tips for welcoming more dads:
1. Start a dads club
Lots of dads volunteer at clubs that have a large male contingent like Scouts, Lions or Rotary clubs). Ask around and find out whether a dads club (set up as a sub-committee of an existing parents association) would get more support.
2. Set up a Facebook group
Second only to making personal contact, our members tell us the most effective way of communicating with parents is on social media. If your PTA has a Facebook group, ask a dad to be an admin for the page, or if they'd prefer, set up a new dads group to rally support for events, canvas for new ideas and find volunteers for projects.
3. Hold a dads 'recruitment' evening
Organise a dads get together and let dads know how others are getting involved. Create an opportunity for them to have a say and find out more in a relaxed environment. Collect contact details and follow up any suggestions and offers of help after the event.
4. Send out a list of projects you’d like help with.
Some people prefer to take on short-term activities with a start and an end date. Put together a list of jobs and projects with a specific time-frame and get the word out. Hint: make one of the jobs setting up a dads Facebook group or email list!
5. Get personal
When we ask why parents don’t get involved with school activities, very often the answer “because I’ve never been asked”. Sometimes it’s as simple as approaching dads directly and asking them to join you.