2014 brought about the rise back from the brink of non-existence for the Lake Albert Playgroup. With a lot of hard work, support from the local government and introduction of a development officer role to the local region by Playgroup NSW, Lake Albert is now a flourishing example of playgroup success.
Lake Albert Playgroup resurrected
In 2014, with only five financial members and one weekly session, the Lake Albert Playgroup in Wagga Wagga, like many of our regional playgroups, was struggling to survive. As part of Playgroup NSW’s commitment to support our regional groups, we employed Development Officer, Kate Hardy, to support playgroups in the Riverina and South West NSW regions.
Working closely with the Lake Albert Playgroup committee members, particularly, coordinator Kim Sannazzaro, Kate supported the group to reach out to local agencies and the community, promoting the group and attracting new members.
“The unbelievable transformation of the Lake Albert Playgroup has been made possible by the continued support of Playgroup NSW and our local families.” Kim Sannazzaro, Coordinator Lake Albert Playgroup
“We undertook an intensive promotional campaign engaging with schools, hospitals, child care centres, local businesses, newspapers and social media to get the message out. The playgroup now runs five sessions a week with over 60 families and about 100 children attending,” Kate said.
The playgroup renovated their outdoor playground after securing a Council Grant of $2,000. They held four working bees, building a boat-shaped sandpit with shade sails and making overall upgrades to the playground. In addition, as part of its local sustainability project, Bunnings provided a vegetable garden with soil donated by local business, Loam & Stone.
The Lake Albert playgroup is now financially independent and thriving, showing that good promotion and team work really are the keys to success. “The support we have received from Playgroup NSW has provided us with the opportunity to grow and strengthen into a service that will be here for the families of Wagga Wagga for many more years to come,” said Kim
The commitment and passion for playgroup in Wagga Wagga is replicated in many areas across NSW and Playgroup NSW salutes our playgroupers for their commitment to their community.