In a difficult year for schools, the pandemic has also disrupted how PTAs raise funds. The need to follow social distancing has led to the cancellation of many events.

Here, we take a look at practical ideas for outdoor spaces. Also new ways to help traditional school fundraisers with playground solutions.

Space to fundraise

PTAs raise thousands of pounds for schools every year. Unfortunately, this year the impact of the pandemic has meant many fairs, school discos and bake sales havn’t taken place.

In fact, the loss in revenue could be as much as £42m a recent survey found – a big decline in funds that schools rely on for projects and additional resources. As we all learn to adapt to running schools whilst following COVID guidance, how can schools get fundraising back to a ‘new normal’?

An outside advantage

Happily, we know that COVID transmission is less likely outdoors than in. It is easier for people to maintain the two-metre rule and any bio-aerosols are dispersed by natural air movements.

That makes the outdoors a better place to be, but of course, we also have to bear in mind the good old British weather, which we’ve factored into two of our three outdoor suggestions:

Canopies at Christmas

A Santa’s Grotto or fundraising stall can allow people to take shelter whilst participating. Canopies, of course, offer year-round weather protection and look great too.

Huts are a Hit

Study huts are not only great for learning, they can readily double up as part of an outdoor fundraising activity. They offer maximum ventilation whilst still allowing for shelter, come rain or shine.

Bridge the Gap

Scavenger hunts are still possible, and can be fun if they include activity frames, clamber climbers and trim trails as well as the rest of your outdoor space or local park.

At Playcubed, we are here to help schools design playground solutions that will work for staff and pupils and keep schools active, whatever the challenge.


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