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Friends and Families

Welcome to Chaucer Friends and Families

What is Chaucer Friends and Families?

Chaucer Friends and Families is a registered charity, run by volunteers, including the school staff and parents, whose aim is to raise money for the benefit of the pupils of Chaucer Infant and Nursery School.

How do I become a member of Friends?

As a parent of a pupil who attends Chaucer you are automatically a member.

How are funds raised?

We hold a number of events throughout the year including school discos, a Summer and Christmas fair and an Easter Bonnet Parade.

What are the funds spent on?

A wide variety of resources such as improving the classroom reading corners, resources for our Nurture Room, outdoor play equipment for the children to use at lunchtimes, plants for the class and much more.

How can I become involved with Friends?

Everyone is welcome to come along to any of the Friends meetings. These are usually held at least once every half term usually in the morning just after you have taken your child into her/his class. They are currently held at school, in the staff room. If childcare is a problem you can bring them along with you and something for them to play with. There is no commitment to coming to every meeting.

I do not want to come to the meetings but would still like to help. Is there anything else I can do to become involved?

You can complete the form at the end of this letter and join our register of helpers.

What is the register of helpers?

In the past we have found it difficult to plan events, as we are never sure how many people will be available to help. Therefore we are putting together a register of volunteers who may be available to help at Friends’ events.

What kind of help could I give?

We need a wide range of help. There is usually something to suit everybody but the main areas are: -
Planning, advertising and organising events (usually discussed at Friends’ meetings)
Setting up events – setting up stalls, shopping for refreshments, prizes etc
Running events – running a stall, serving refreshments and clearing away after events

How will I be able to help as I work during the day?

We need a range of helpers who are available at different times of the day either during the school day, immediately after school, or in the evenings. It is a great way for those parents who aren’t available to help during the day to become involved in your child’s school.

What if I register as a helper and find I have other commitments when I am asked to help at an event?

Friends would contact volunteers in advance of any event to make sure they were available and willing to help. We understand that everyone has other commitments.

How many times would I be asked to help?

The more helpers on the register, the fewer occasions each volunteer will be asked to help!

How do I keep up to date with Friends meetings and events?

Our events will be included in school newsletters and we have a facebook page ‘Chaucer Friends and Families’