Volunteer stories

Our volunteer stories

Playcentre Aotearoa has over 12,000 parent volunteers who play a crucial role in enriching whānau and tamariki’s time at Playcentre. Playcentre could not function without all our parent volunteers.

This is what makes Playcentre unique.  At Playcentre parents and whānau are the caregivers. Together you build a village where your whole family is connected and thrives.

Here we share the stories and perspectives of some of our valued parent volunteers.


Fundraising/ President

“Everyone gives what they can, when they can, and everyone’s valued for what they can do.  It’s a really positive space where you meet friends for life.”


Learning Team Leader

“It’s hard to describe how different it is to parent when you know you have a community..”



“ There are families from all different cultural backgrounds and we all just get along so easily.  You make lifelong friendships.” 


“What started as a search for ideas on how to become a better parent turned into a career lasting around 16 years”


Team Leader/ PR and Communications

“Playcentre is the best thing I’ve ever done, for me and my kids.”


Team Leader / Property

“Being part of Playcentre has enriched the parenting in our house.”


President / Treasurer

“Playcentre gave me some stability when I was struggling as a first-time Mum.”


Social Media Manager

“Playcentre is our home away from home. Having a wonderful supportive group of friends has made all the difference to our whānau.”


Grants and fundraising officer

It is a way to contribute a little part of yourself while deepening your sense of belonging


Centre vice president

“Volunteering has helped me grow into the strong and independent person I am today”


Education officer

“I was part of such a supportive, encouraging environment that journeyed with me through a very busy time in my life”.


Regional and national governance

“Volunteering builds a strong centre culture where everyone values the skills and talents and contributions each other makes”.


Centre president

Playcentre creates a community and support network for mothers in the district ”.


Centre president

“I love helping others find family and support”.




“Playcentre has taught me about aroha, manaaki and whanaungatanga”.


Centre president

“It’s given me something to focus on, in the way I used to with work, so mentally it’s been extremely satisfying”.

Why Playcentre?

“My children have a whole village of like-minded parents who know their every likes and dislikes as if they were their own children, and I have beautiful friends who are like sisters and taught me how to be a mum! I am forever grateful for my village.”

- Laura

Really great quality education for your little ones. And a supportive network for your whānau that is so much greater than you can anticipate at the beginning.

- Jesse