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Welcome S


chool’s back! Six months after the doors closed to most children, schools are once again open to


all year groups. Although many families have struggled under the weight of new responsibilities and fi nancial worries, one message shines through: that lockdown also brought communities together and showed what can be achieved when people help each other. As well as speaking to schools and their


PTAs, we’ve spent the past few months talking to fundraising experts to help you


work out what the next steps might be when it comes to PTA fundraising. Read how to health check your charity on p13, and discover the pros and cons of alternative, post-lockdown events on p15. It doesn’t look as if parents will be allowed into schools to supervise


events just yet, but there are still ways you can raise money if you feel the time is right. Choose from our selection of socially distanced challenges and virtual events on p42 or take a look at digital fundraising platforms on p32. If you’re thinking of running a Christmas card project this year then turn to p29 for our top tips, and fi nd out about personalised products on p35 – they make great gifts for relatives who haven’t had much contact this year. Only time will tell what happens next, but schools still need your


suppport. One thing we do know is that PTAs will take on the challenge of helping their communites to make the experience of school richer for everyone in whatever way they can. You do an amazing job and we hope we can help you achieve even more. Enjoy the issue,


Why subscribe to PTA+?


We send free copies of PTA+ to as


many schools as we can, but the only way to guarantee you’ll receive every issue is to subscribe. Visit pta.co.uk/ magazine/subscriptions and get ideas and inspiration delivered to your door, three times a year.


Keep up to date with PTA+


1 Newsletter Want the latest ideas and offers? Sign up to our fortnightly emails via the ‘sign up’ link at pta.co.uk.*


Facebook Join PTA+ on Facebook! Post a query, send us a message or share advice at facebook.com/groups/PTAnetwork.


Website Find fundraising ideas, event-planning guides and expert advice, or search our directory of suppliers at pta.co.uk.


Editor: Carol Rogerson carol.rogerson@communityinspired.co.uk


Staff writer: Heather Park heather.park@communityinspired.co.uk


Resources editor: Emma Griffi n emma.griffi n@communityinspired.co.uk


Sub editor: Katie Wyartt Design: Stuart Crowhurst Admin assistant: Sarah Everson Accounts support: Roz Smith


Advertising: Richard Manville richard.manville@communityinspired.co.uk Tel: 01342 718679


Thank you to all the PTA members who have shared their stories and tips.


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PTA+ Magazine is published three times a year by Community Inspired Ltd. Nothing in this magazine may be reproduced in whole or part without the written permission of the publisher. Acceptance of advertisements does not imply recommendation by the publisher. The views herein are not necessarily those of the publisher. All material submitted for publication is sent at the owner’s risk and, while every care is taken, neither PTA+ Magazine nor its agents accept any liability for loss or damage. Although PTA+ Magazine has endeavoured to ensure that all content is correct, prices and details may be subject to change. PTA+ Magazine cannot be held responsible for unsolicited material.


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