Teresa, Compliance Assistant and local school volunteer
I started volunteering as a member of Gorseland School Parents and Friends Association when my children began at the school. I wanted to firstly help the school raise extra funds for those all important extras that are not funded, like sports kit, and playground equipment. But it’s also important for me to be a part of the school and get to know the head and the teachers.
I started out just as a member of the committee, but I’ve recently been voted to chair it. Naturally it takes up a lot of spare time, but it’s manageable and I really enjoy it. It’s become a real family job: my children get involved too helping me make things, cook or produce leaflets; I even drag my husband into it.
There’s a huge sense of achievement for such a small committee, and you can see the benefit in improvements when money is spent on the school. The head and teachers appreciate the effort we put in too, although whether my children like knowing I have a direct link to the head I am less certain!