My name is John-Paul Wares. In 2013 I gave up my career to become a stay-at-home dad to my three young children. My days are spent climbing trees, building dens, soothing tears, changing nappies, navigating the school run and getting food on the table.
Before this, I worked for Barbara Roche MP, then ran Geraint Davies MP’s constituency office, where I helped people and communities organise to make their lives better – to deal with broken-down housing or tackle local crime.
At homeless charity, Crisis, I saw the injustice homeless people face in the same way as the challenges faced by other people. Because of this, I built new alliances across political parties, business and civil society, securing funding streams from non-traditional sources. I developed and introduced more effective and efficient ways to deliver services, refashioning Crisis’ organisational development strategy to bring expert support to thousands more vulnerable people across the country.
Now, in the few spare minutes between playing, caring and cooking, I write to make my contribution to the other things I care about. And also to remind myself that, although it is the most important thing I do, I am more than just a dad.