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BY VICTORIA DARGUE 1O ways to


‘What do you need most?’ we asked, ‘More pairs of hands!’, you cried. Indeed, a lack of volunteers is the biggest bugbear for most PTAs. Former PTA chair, Victoria Dargue, suggests following these steps to get more parents climbing aboard the good ship PTA!


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nce again, you’ve spent hours organising a fantastic event and after months of planning, the


tickets go on sale. A few weeks later with only a handful of takers, you have to choose between cancelling the event or running it at a much reduced capacity. Ring any bells? Indeed, having a strong enough


committee to have reached the stage of organising an event is in itself a major feat – some PTAs don’t even make it that far! Short of stamping your feet and


screaming, ‘We’re doing this for the benefit of your children!’, how do you encourage volunteers to support and organise events? Of course there is no easy answer


to this question, but there are several things you can do which should help increase parental support and make PTA initiatives more successful...


MANAGING YOUR PTA


p boostarental support


ILLUSTRATIONS: PATRICK WELHAM


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