How can you help?
It doesnt matter who you are or what your background, your financial position or your skills set is, we need your help!
If you have any idea for future Friends events or potential sources of funding, please get in touch with us or speak to your Class Rep.
Donating to us has never been easier:
- You can now make a single or a monthly donation to us via GiveasyouLive by clicking on the button below;
- message us at email@example.com;
- make a donation direct to 'Friends of South Malling' at NatWest 60-13-09 04218027*;
* if you are a taxpayer please contact us as well so that you can gift aid it.
Does your employer offer Match Funding?
If you work for an organisation that has a match funding policy, any money you raise could be matched by your employer. Companies may match the fundraising total for an event, or for the stall that their employee is working on. Usually, the employee will need to supply them with a letter from the Friends detailing the date and nature of the event, together with the total raised.
We understand that the high street banks, building societies, supermarkets and large corporations are likely to do match funding, but these schemes are not exclusive to the major corporate giants. If you work for an independent company, they may be interested in charitable giving through match funding too.
We would be grateful if you could see if your employer has a match-funding scheme, or if they are willing to match fund any of our events.
Our next Uniform sale will take place at pick up on Thursday 9th September.
We run a preloved uniform shop during term time - keep an eye on class dojo, on the school facebook page or contact Natasha on 07973 337531.
Recycle, save money and donate to the school all at the same time!
If you have any preloved uniform, Christmas jumpers or book day costumes to donate, please drop it in to the school. We particularly need KS2 purple stuff.
Donate your time
We always welcome helpers - new and old. It doesn't matter how many grand/children you have, how old you are or what your background is. We're all volunteers and we all juggle our roles with children and jobs. If you are willing to get involved, you will have something to offer. You might be a wonder at wrapping, super at shopping, brilliant at baking, have tonnes of time or endless enthusiasm. Or simply willing.
Please email us or complete the google form to let us know what you can do.
The following roles are available and we particularly need people who will take responsibility for getting things done..
Vacancy: Communications Agent
The Comms agent is there to organise our publicity - to help the team promote events, to maintain notice boards and to spread enthusiasm! You need to be friendly, creative and good at writing. IT skills definitely help!
Vacancy: Events director(s)
Events directors oversee a particular event such as the Summer Fair, Christmas hampers or Halloween Trail. Their job is to lead a team who understand the requirements of the Friends and of the school so that the event is both enjoyable and profitable. Ideally you need to be reliable, organised and enthusiastic.
Vacancy: Refreshments and Catering manager
The refreshments and catering manager is responsible for co-ordinating helpers and to ensure that refreshments are provided at key events. This includes sourcing drinks and food, leading a team to set up and clear up areas and making sure that the appropriate licences are obtained. You need to be organised, responsible and level-headed!
Vacancy: Shed manager
The shed master is responsible for making sure the shed is well maintained and that we know what is in there and where it is! You need to be organised and not afraid of spiders! A magical ability to create additional space out of nowhere would be a bonus.
Many of our events require the sourcing of 'plastic tat' or their eco-equivalent - for prizes or gifts - that are suitable, affordable and can be sold at a profit, however small. You need to be good at sniffing out bargins and able to manage cash flow (you generally need to buy and claim back).
Bar staff: to sell drinks at events.
Waiters/waitresses: to sell food at events.
Ice cream sellers: to sell ices in the summer
Roadies: to do the heavy lifting - putting up marquees, shifting boxes etc.
Bakers: To bake (or buy) good cakes.
Make up maestros: artistic types who can administer face paints.
Stall holders: Smiley people to run stalls at events.
Skill sharers: Offer up your skills or supplies - however random-to be called upon. This might be designing posters, creating crafts, carving pumpkins, providing lights or acting as DJ.
First Aiders: You need to have a relevant first aid certificate. We hope we never need you but its nice to know you're there.
Santa's Little Helpers: We run a Secret Santa shop every year and need helpers to wrap over 1000 presents and to sell them to our eager customers.
Do you shop online? If so, you could be raising essential funds for the Friends of South Malling School. And it won't cost you a penny!
Give as you Live
With Give As You Live, every time you buy from 4000+ selected online retailers, they'll make a donation to the Friends at no extra cost to you! It literally takes a minute to set up and then every time you go to shop online - whether its Amazon, Ebay, Argos, New Look, John Lewis etc - you just logon on to this website https://giveasyoulive.com/ and find the online retailer you want.
Sign up is free. Find the Friends of South Malling School from the drop down list of charities and then find your store.
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