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Our community playgroups are run by volunteer committees who dedicate their time to ensure their local playgroup thrives.  Without them and other parents and carers who volunteer, these groups would not exist. Our hard-working Board of Directors  are also all volunteers.

The coordinator of one local community playgroup said, “My child is nearly at school now and I enjoy encouraging new parents to attend and have them see the benefits both they and their children gain by the playgroup experience.

Top five reasons our community playgroup members say they enjoy their volunteer role:

  1. Giving back to playgroup
  2. Helping children and families
  3. Control over direction of their playgroup
  4. Giving back to the community
  5. Socialising

If you want to assist your community playgroup as a committee member or in another capacity, speak with a committee member at your group.  

Following are the stories about some of our volunteers whose work has made a substantial difference to their playgroup and/or the greater playgroup movement.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Wed 01-Jun-16

    Not long after having her first child, Jacqui Hoad joined a mother’s group at Blacktown. A representative from Playgroups NSW presented to the group, and a high level of interest from other mums motivated Jacqui to find a venue for them to meet. We had a chat with Jacqui to find out more about how she became involved in Playtime Pals in Baulkham Hills. 

  • Playgroup NSW

    Fri 13-May-16

    Mother of four and part-time physiotherapist, Angie Day enjoys spending time with her children and other families at the Grafton Playgroup. We had a chat with Angie to find out how she got involved with her local playgroup and why she chose to volunteer. 

  • Playgroup NSW

    Mon 02-May-16

    Giving back to the community comes naturally for President of the Playgroup NSW Board, Karen Whiteside. Having left the corporate world behind after the birth of her first son, Karen was determined to use her extensive experience in business operations for a cause close to her heart.

    We sat down with Karen to learn more about how she became involved in playgroup, and the value she places on volunteering.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Mon 02-May-16

    For many parents, joining a playgroup means a couple of hours’ rest while their children mingle, play and interact with others. But for Rachel Furner, playgroup means a lot more. With her local Branxton playgroup facing an uncertain future, mother of three, Rachel, stepped up , volunteering as Coordinator of the playgroup.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Mon 02-May-16

    Many parents attend their local playgroup looking to give their children the chance to make new friends. Others join to teach their children essential lessons on how to share, cooperate and solve problems. For Rochelle Ethell, of the Batemans Bay playgroup, joining her local group provided the perfect opportunity to settle into a different state and use her talents to spread the word about the playgroup movement. 

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