Angie Day from Grafton tells us why she is a playgroup volunteer

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. 

“I first started going to Grafton playgroup with friends from our mum's group, when my first child was a toddler. I began as a member and within a couple of years I began helping out with daily tasks.”

“I enjoy being involved with our local playgroup because it offers a lot of support for parents and their children, where you can meet new people and talk to people you know. We’re always chatting about the trials of being a parent, providing each other with advice and support through our lived experiences. It is amazing how much in common you have with other parents and carers.”

“What I love about the playgroup is its relaxed environment and knowing that you can turn up every week and know kids and parents will be there without too much hassle.”

“My kids have always enjoyed going to the playgroup. I have four boys. The eldest three have all been through the playgroup, and the youngest still has until the end of next year for us to enjoy the last of our time at playgroup. My sons and I have met a lot of families through the playgroup.”

“I also really enjoy volunteering my time with the playgroup as you get so much out of volunteering. I first started at the playgroup as a Coordinator in 2011 and began organising our local Clarence Valley Big Playgroup Day, as part of the broader National Playgroup Week and I have been organising it every year for 6 years.”

“It’s a really fun day for everyone, we have an animal farm, jumping castle and face painting activities for the kids, as well as food, such as cakes and a BBQ for families.”

“The Clarence Valley Big Playgroup Day is an opportunity for us to showcase our playgroup to local families and also an opportunity for playgroup members to have a party. Most years we’ve had on upwards of 300 to 350 parents, carers and children.”

“I have to admit it has gotten easier to organise over the years because I know all the usual people I need to contact, such as who I need to contact for entertainment, which local businesses may be able to assist with our fundraising, who is able to provide us with tables and chairs and the individuals that will help us on the day.”

“I really enjoy putting all the extra effort in, as its quite fun and the results are invaluable.”

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