We are looking for willing volunteers to come aboard as an Area Fundraiser and believe this will be the most practical way of firstly ascertaining Area FUNdraisers and then run their area with FUNdraising for the Academy but you may ask why? Well here are 10 reasons why:
Ok you pay your taxes but budgets at every school are tight. Money raised in Parent/Carer Forum FUNdraisers (P/CF FUN) is often used to pay for those little extras that can make an academy even more special, be it an interactive whiteboard or an academy trip to the theatre.
Knowing that they can (within reason) predict a certain level of fundraised extra income each year will allow our academy to plan an effective and realistic budget.
Helping at P/CF Fundraising events helps you get to know your kid’s teachers better and understand the way the academy works. Equally as Area Fundraisers it provides another footprint on the map for our Academy.
Being part of the P/CF helps you get to know other parents/carers and their children. This is important for academy matters but also great for a more active social life!
By joining the P/CF you have the chance to promote and enhance your academy’s standing within your local community and with Ofsted and the National Autistic Society.
Although occasionally embarrassed most children do actually like to know that you are there for them, taking an interest and sharing their experience.
Talking to other parents/carers helps you and them. Sharing experiences and parenting tips helps us all.
The commitment is not too much. The occasional evening meeting and the odd summer fete or other academy fundraiser.
Everyone has different talents and skills they can bring to the academy and parents/carers are a great interface between the academy and the ‘outside world’. Very handy for raffle prizes, sponsorship or professional help.
It’s actually quite fun to run the ‘splat the rat’ stall at the academy fete. Or watch the kids enjoy themselves at the academy disco or prom night. Isn’t this what it’s all about – part of the whole parenting/caring package!
Being such a widespread community we have come up with the following areas for our Area FUNdraisers:
CC Group – Chippenham, Calne + North & East Wilts
WW Group – Warminster & Westbury +SE Wilts
MD Group – Melksham, Devizes & BoA
SW Wilts Group – Bulford, Ludgershall, Netheravon, Salisbury
BANES Group – Bath & NE Somerset
The P/CF Committee will then evolve as follows:
x2 Joint Vice Chairpersons
x5 FUNdraisers (Support from fellow P/Cs in their respective areas)
Volunteers wishing to ‘come on board’ in a FUNdraising role are kindly requested to email firstname.lastname@example.org expressing their interest and in which area at their earliest convenience please.
Steve, Vicki & Andy
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