Member benefits

Parentkind is the largest network of PTA fundraisers in the UK. We bring specialist fundraising support and advice to parent volunteers so that every school can benefit from a successful PTA. Our 13,000 PTA members raise over £120+ million per year, placing us alongside some of the largest charities in the UK.

We are proud to celebrate and champion the work of all our PTA members, raising awareness of the important role parents play in their child’s education in particular through PTAs and other school parent groups.

Saving your PTA money

Being a PTA member can save your committee hundreds of pounds a year with these benefits:

We have you covered, the policy provided by Zurich Insurance plc, includes public liability insurance of £10million to cover your events and activities. Even the ones that most competitors policies exclude, like fireworks parties and bouncy castles as well as personal accident cover, cover for money loss, including misappropriation of funds and all-risks cover for PTA owned and hired-in items. Our tailor-made policy is there should things go wrong and offers protection for the committee as they won’t be liable. We work with Zurich Insurance plc to ensure that claims are fully investigated and your PTA is supported throughout the process. Our PTA members tell us that this benefit alone is worth the subscription fee.

We offer free access to trustfunding.org.uk, which alone is worth over £300; PTA Members are able to search this database of funding organisations. If you are fundraising for a large project and want to extend your activity to include grant applications, this is a great starting point.

We handpick approved suppliers, recommended by our PTA members and then verified by us. In our Suppliers Directory, you will be able to find a great range of suppliers to support your PTA with all its activity from events to ongoing fundraising that will not be available anywhere else! We work with our approved suppliers to bring our PTA members a handful of exclusive offers and competitions, featured regularly online and in our PTA Expert Magazine. Instant access to a network of trusted PTA suppliers verified by us.

Saving your PTA time

Being a PTA member saves you time, leaving you to concentrate on what's important: 

We have a model constitution waiting for you. In England and Wales, it is a legal requirement for organisations engaged in charitable activities, with an annual income of more than £5,000, to register as a charity with the Charity Commission. This is an important step for any PTA. It provides formal recognition of the PTA and its charitable objects and gives your association a legal status. When applying to the charity commission you will need a constitution in place at time of registration. We can help your PTA with the registration process; including a model Constitution document, pre-approved by the Commission, fast-track registration as a PTA member and guidance on the public benefit requirement. Our model Constitution was the first constitution to be approved by the Charity Commission for NI and, if adopted without change, means your PTA can fast track its charity registration process with the Commission.

  We keep our PTA members up to date with the latest news and updates via our exclusive e-newsletter, webinars, virtual coffee mornings and PTA Expert magazine. The PTA community is all about sharing good practice and good ideas, and we relish the opportunity to share our PTA members’ stories and resources. Through our fortnightly e-newsletter and PTA Expert Magazine, we bring you the latest news. Both bring you timely legal updates, fundraising ideas, expert comment from the team and success stories from fellow PTA members. The PTA community is all about sharing good practice and good ideas, and we relish the opportunity to share our PTA members’ stories and resources.

We have your fundraising calendar all planned out to make it as easy as possible. We take care of your complete fundraising planning with a calendar of initiatives such as the Big PTA Raffles and Big PTA Quiz that provide you all the tools you need to raise as much money as possible for your school. You will find everything you need to organise, promote and run our ‘big’ initiatives – just follow the step-by step guides.


Giving your PTA peace of mind

 Being a PTA member gives you peace of mind to know that you are running your association properly.

We pride ourselves on providing expert support and advice. Expert support is just a call or email away: if you have a question, we will be able to help. So if you have a question about running your PTA, fundraising, health and safety, how to get more support, registering as a charity, promoting your PTA, engaging with the local community and more, our expert PTA Membership Advisers are trained to help. We know that keeping up with current legislation can be difficult, so we do the hard work for you. For example, if you are unsure, about what licences you need, give us a call and if we do not know the answer, we will find it for you. Our PTA Advisers can answer all of your questions on topics such as setting up and running PTAs including fundraising, governance and legal issues, health and safety, and all aspects of building a thriving community in and around schools. Whether you are a new committee member, a more experienced volunteer or simply interested in starting a PTA, you are not alone. Our PTA Advisors are available Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm to answer questions on 0300 123 5460 or email info@parentkind.org.uk. They able to hold your hand throughout your PTA journey.

Our PTA Hub is a highly valued benefit of PTA membership. An easy to navigate portal, PTA members can access valuable resources such as information sheets, FAQs, templates, fundraising ideas and much more. We provide over 400 information sheets to support you – on topics from understanding how to plan your AGM, or safeguarding and running a successful summer fair, to using social media and promoting your PTA and much more. We offer a selection of templates too, so if you need a risk assessment template, a Gift Aid declaration form, a template letter to gain support from local businesses, a poster to advertise your next event, or an AGM invite – we can help!

If you are an established PTA or thinking, about starting a PTA or similar group such as a Friends and considering how do you get a group up and running? Wherever you are in your PTA adventure, we can offer you support and guidance. PTA Membership starts from only £72 per year. With nearly 13,000 PTA members, new ideas and inspiration are just a click or phone call away. Call 0300 123 5460 or visit www.parentkind.org.uk/PTAmembership to join now.
 
Why have a PTA
PTAs vary from school to school but almost all are involved in fundraising and getting more parents involved in the life of the school. Quite simply a PTA is a great asset to any school:
  • The average PTA raises £9,000 per year paying for those things that school budgets cannot stretch too.
  • PTAs bring parents and the wider community together and are advocates of the school.
  • PTAs contribute an amazing £121 million to the education of our children and young people

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