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Volunteer Stories

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

    Tue 09-May-17

    Watch this video to see some of our wonderful volunteers throughout NSW in action.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Fri 05-May-17

    It’s National Volunteer Week! Let’s give a shout out to our volunteers here at Playgroup NSW.

    This week it’s all about you, our lovely volunteers. We want to celebrate and thank you for all the hard work you put into making community playgroups all over NSW a blast for children and a supportive environment for parents.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Wed 01-Jun-16

    After six years at Deniliquin Playgroup, mother of three, Lauren Kelly reflects on how she first got involved with her local playgroup and then became an active volunteer. 

  • Playgroup NSW

    Wed 01-Jun-16

    When Annette Ruhotas had her daughter Georgia in 2012, she started up a new playgroup session with Oatley West Playgroup. Annette is now the overall Coordinator of the playgroup and attends with her newborn son, Nicholas.  We had a chat with Annette to find out what prompted her to become a volunteer with her local playgroup and what she has enjoyed about volunteering. 

  • 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. 

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Playgroup of the Month

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We value all our playgroups and their amazing stories. This is why, each month, we want you to meet one of them, hopefully their stories will inspire you.

This month, the focus is on Arcadia Playgroup. The determination of this special group of people will surely inspire you.

Play Activities

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Children love playing with balls of all shapes and sizes. And with good reason: balls are great for group play, organised sports or just playing by yourself. They are also suitable for a variety of age groups (from babies to children and even adults).

Featured Video

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With funding from the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, Playgroup NSW, is piloting a special playgroup for refugee families in South West Sydney.  We are running this playgroup in partnership with SSI (Settlement Services International), NSW’s largest settlement agency and service provider to new humanitarian arrivals and asylum seekers.

Featured Article

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Mothercraft nurse, Chris Minogue, answers one of Kinderling Radio listener’s question on how to keep their child safe on the ground.

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