About Us

We galvanise communities into action through micro-volunteering.

People are busy. We get that. But we also know they want to help — how and when they can. So we’ve made that possible. Now everyone can do a little, and make a big difference together.

PTAsocial helps parents, carers and teachers in a school to work together to raise funds more easily. Volunteering — whether it is time, skills or resources — is now simple and accessible. It makes it easy to get involved without feeling pressured or that you are over-committing yourself. Many hands make light work!

We’ve built something we think you’ll love. It’s here to make your life easier, to help you give your kids the best possible start in life. If you like what we do, please support us by telling other parents.

Once you’ve experienced PTAsocial, and enjoyed it’s simplicity and effectiveness, we think you’ll see how it can help so many other communities. All sorts of charities, associations and work organisations can benefit from this format, where members step forward to help. If you think this would work for you, talk to us. We’d love to hear from you.

What people are saying about us

Charles Leadbetter

Leading authority on innovation and creativity, author of The Frugal Innovator, Chair of Apps for Good, Trustee Nominet Trust, Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund, former advisor to Tony Blair. Charles has advised companies, cities and governments around the world on innovation strategy.

“The potential of PTAsocial is very significant: it could be a social media platform that thousands of PTAs in the country might use to organise volunteer support for schools more effectively.”

Lord Jim Knight

MD of Online Learning at TES Global, Labour MP 2001-2010, former Schools & Employment Minister

“In most schools just a handful of parents are relied upon to do the great work that PTAs do in fundraising and enriching school communities. Tapping into the potential of the majority of parents is too great an organisational challenge for those few hard pressed individuals. PTAsocial offers an exciting opportunity to unlock that massive army of volunteers to support our schools.”

Annika Small

CEO of Nominet Trust, supporting social impact projects

“Parents are a largely untapped resource for schools, with a diverse set of skills and experiences. PTAsocial makes volunteering transparent, accessible and manageable for all parents, and helps to build a thriving, connected school community.”

Tes Macpherson

Where did it come from?

Tech entrepreneur and mum of three, Tes Macpherson, came up with the concept of PTAsocial after struggling with long-winded group email chains about PTA volunteering. She really wanted to help, but — like so many other parents — was nervous about attending PTA meetings in case she ended up with more than she bargained for!

With a background in IT and mobile telecoms, she designed a way for more parents to get involved, and help those few struggling event organisers. Making the inner workings of the PTA more transparent, inclusive and sustainable empowers more parents to make a difference and builds a strong, connected school community.

You can also hear her interview (March 2014) with Viv Oyulu from Dream Corner, a digital radio show about female entrepreneurs and their roller-coaster journeys in the startup world.


Dr Sue Black at Buckingham Palace 2015

Advisor & Mentor

Dr Sue Black is an award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker and passionate social entrepreneur who excels at bringing people together to solve complex issues., and was recently listed as one of the 50 most inspiring women in European Tech.

Sue is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Computer Science at University College London, an associate at DSRPTN an all female technology and digital consultancy, and a mentor at Google campus for mums.

Sue is a champion for women in computing, and founder of BCSWomen and #techmums, a social enterprise which aims to empower mums and their families through technology. Sue is well known for her successful online and offline campaigning and activism around digital social inclusion and saving Bletchley Park. Sue is a frequent public speaker, a social media-holic, mum of four and grandmother of one.

We'd love to hear from you.

Why not drop us a line to say hello at [email protected]. Press enquiries to [email protected].

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