Volunteering

Volunteering isn’t just about helping out at nursery or school – it’s what family members do when they go to events or meetings, giving up their time to work with or support the nursery or school.  When parents volunteer in these ways, children and young people get a very clear message that their education is important and that their school life really matters.   It is also very enjoyable and builds a closer school community, creating friendships and support networks that can last a lifetime. 

Volunteering benefits everyone, especially children and young people. Parent Councils, schools and teachers can recruit and organise family and community support and can then recognise the contribution that volunteers make to the school community.

Tips for schools, teachers and parent groups to encourage volunteering

For example, schools, teachers and parent groups can

  • conduct an annual survey via social media/postcards to identify available talents, skills and availability of parents
  • invite parents to help in class, on school trips, in the library or at after-school clubs/activities
  • create a family/community room for volunteer work, meetings, with resources for families
  • organise a variety of social and fundraising events at different times to encourage parents to come to the school
  • hold events or have a space on a website/Facebook page to recognise and thank volunteers.

Resources

What is a Parent Council?

What is a Parent Council? Find out about the basics of Parent Councils and the Parental Involvement Act 2006.

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Guidelines for Bouncy Castles & Inflatables

Bouncy castles and other inflatable games are increasingly popular at Parent Council/PTA events. However, they are classed as risky activities and have led to insurance claims.

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Registering with Connect PVG Services

Find out about registering with Connect's PVG Services

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Protection of Vulnerable Groups Act Guidance for PCs and PTAs

Read all about the Protection of Vulnerable Groups here

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Model Child Protection Policy for Parent Council/PTA Volunteers

Write your own Child Protection Policy for Parent Council/PTA Volunteers using our model

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Child Protection Policy Agreement Form

Use this form to demonstrate that your group has read and understood your Child Protection Policy

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What is a Parent Teacher Association?

An introduction to Parent Teacher Associations

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Guidelines for the Parent Council/PTA Secretary

Guidelines for the Parent Council/PTA Secretary

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Guidelines for the Parent Council/PTA Chair

Guidelines for the Parent Council/PTA Chair

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Guidelines for the Parent Council/PTA Treasurer

Guidelines for the Parent Council/PTA Treasurer

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Guidelines for Parent Council/PTA Committee Members

Guidelines for Parent Council/PTA Committee Members

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A Simple Guide to Risk Assessment for Parent Councils and PTAs

A Simple Guide to Risk Assessment for Parent Councils and PTAs

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Risk Assessment Policy Template for Parent Councils and PTAs

Risk Assessment Policy Template for Parent Councils and PTAs

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Running a Disco - Advice on Safe Practice

Running a Disco - Advice on Safe Practice for Parent Councils and PTAs

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What is Partnership Schools Scotland?

Connect's explanation of its fantastic parental engagement in education Partnership Schools Scotland project What is Partnership Schools Scotland?

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Inclusion Health Check: Support for Families with Money Worries

How can your parent group help families with money worries? Have a look at our Health Check

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Volunteering means joining in. When children and young people see family members in their schools, they know they have family support for their school career. Being in school can mean going to a show or a school event, or it can mean helping with activities, projects and outings. Volunteering is a really powerful way of showing you care: it gives a strong message to your child and to the school. It is also a great way of building good relationships between families and school staff.

Success Stories

A Parent Council creates a cookbook - Edzell Primary School Parent Council, Angus

Creating a fundraising cookbook was easy using a specialist publisher

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Pop Up Shop - Craigour Park Primary School Parent Council, Edinburgh

Craigour Primary Parent Council runs an affordable pop up shop

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Fundraising - St Columbkille’s Primary School Parent Council, Rutherglen

St Columbkille Primary School parents fundraise with the community and bring everyone together

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Parent Council Information Videos - Tynewater Primary School, Midlothian

The Tynewater Primary School Parent Council's chairperson produces short animated videos using an online app

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Parents support the school library - Tynewater Primary School, Midlothian

Parents take on running and managing the school library

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Sharing values and beliefs - Moray Primary School, Grangemouth

Parents come into school and talk about values and beliefs

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Sharing Parents' skills and talents - Uphall Primary School, West Lothian

A parent and bank employee came in school to talk to children about money sense

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Parental Involvement - Earlston Primary School Parent Council, Scottish Borders

Earlston PS Parent Council holds a marketplace-type event to share information

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International Day - Flora Stevenson's Primary School, Edinburgh

The school community takes part in a day-long celebration of different cultures and countries

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Getting Parents Involved in Parent Councils - Glamis Primary School, Angus

Glamis Primary School sets up a new Parent Council and encourages involvement

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School Grounds and Gardening Club - Dunbar Primary School Parent Council, East Lothian

Partnership-working has produced great results for Dunbar Primary School

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Code of Conduct -Lhan bryde Primary School Parent Council, Moray

A Code of Conduct helps everyone to work together effectively

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Bubbles and Buble Evening - Meldrum Parents in Partnership, Aberdeenshire

A social event raises funds and creates community spirit

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Dads and Drills: Involving Dads

A Primary School project brought the men in children's lives into school for some fun physical activities

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Grandparents and the Bingo Connection

A primary school welcomes family members into their school community and helps build connections

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Sponsored Sport - Southmuir Primary School, Angus

A whole school approach to fundraising via sponsored sporting activities

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