Who are the Friends of Chipping Hill School?
Recently, we realised that the Friends of Chipping Hill School had a bit of an image problem; it seems a lot
of people don’t know who we are, what we do or how we work in terms of our relationship to the school.
Rather than bombard you with an essay, we thought a frequently asked question page might help.
Frequently Asked Questions
So, who are you and what do you do?
Short answer: We raise money for the school. The Friends of Chipping Hill is actually a registered UK charity and all of our members (all unpaid volunteers) are made up of parents with children at the school. We have a core committee who oversee the day to day running of the Friends and they are supported by dozens of wonderful parents who volunteer their time to help make our events work.
How does it work?
The Friends meet with the head teacher once a month to discuss the fundraising needs of the school. Once a need has been identified, we put our heads together to try and organise fun, community spirited events to help raise the money the school needs. Those funds pay for little extras for the school to help keep it an ‘outstanding’ learning environment for all the pupils.
Can anyone join?
As long as you are a parent/carer with a child at the school, you can absolutely join. New members are always welcome, there’s no sign up sheet or secret handshake – you can just turn up to the monthly meeting or put your name down to help out at an event. The meetings are kept short (we aim for 45mins) and we keep the mood light but focused. There’s usually a lot being said in a short space of time, so we take minutes so that we have a clear idea of who is doing what moving forward.
I’ve never fund-raised before, but I want to help – is that OK?
Absolutely! You really don’t need to be a fundraising whiz kid to be of help. All you need is a willingness to pitch in, not mind being repaid in tea/coffee and biscuits for your help, and a commitment to helping the children get the school they deserve.
If I come to a meeting will I be asked to run an event on my own?
Not ever. Fundraising is always a Friends team effort so don’t worry about suddenly being lumbered with an event for 300+ kids and no idea of how to make it happen. You’re in control of what you’d like to do and how often. That’s the beauty of volunteering – you do it as often as you’d like to and only while it fits in with your schedule. We’re all parents/carers, so we understand that sometimes life gets complicated and the things you NEED to do, have to come before the things you want to do.
I’m at work all day, so I don’t have time to be at events, but I would still like to help – what can I do?
There are dozens of ways that you may be able to help us fundraise and some of them are as simple as sending an email! Here’s a couple of ways to help that you may not have thought of:
* Entering us into your company’s charity donation scheme
* Asking your company to sponsor one of our events -Chipfest is a big event with a LOT of footfall.
* Donating products that we can use to raise money for the school.
* Selling raffle tickets for our big school raffles to friends, family and co-workers.
* Hosting your own mini-fundraiser – that Summer BBQ could be a hidden fundraising goldmine.
* Offering your company’ services (printing, landscaping, website design (I am begging!) etc)
* Contributing items for raffles and auctions to help us raise money.
This list is by no means exhaustive, but there are a lot of ways you can help without having to be on-site.
If you think that signing up to volunteer with us is something you’d enjoy, please let us know.
Go to the volunteer tab, register your details and we will be in touch or just turn up to the next Friends meeting, have a coffee/tea and see if you think you’d like to do it again next time.
Have a great week!
Would you like to help us, help the school?
If you think you might like to join the Friends and help raise money for the school, we would be thrilled to hear from you. You can email us or just show up to the next Friends meeting.