Parents Briefing

PlayCafe was started in 2014 to give parents of very young children an opportunity to come together over play, crafts, snacks and singing. Sadly the logistics of moving equipment for each session forced us to close for a little while.
This autumn we will be opening the doors to our purpose built log cabin. Our sessions will take place in small groups. Times projects etc will be flexible as we welcome visitors of all ages. We will be drawing on the years of skill of our leaders to deliver an exciting program. Partnered with Cannon Studio, Adobe and Baker Ross etc we will ensure your makes are everything you hope for.
Creative parties and private sessions are also available.


Check out our booking pages and online shops for more information. We hope to see you very soon.



The Play Cafe would not be able to operate without its volunteers.  People who have volunteered at Play Cafe have found the experience very rewarding in many ways. Volunteers can use this experience when applying for college courses or jobs and we do in-house training too if you are looking to improve your skill set.


What we look for in a volunteer

A willingness to be accountable for your actions and an understanding of our vision and values is desirable. Along with an ability to communicate with people and work as part of a team

Training Courses

We have an induction programme for our volunteers and regular meetings too.
Training opportunities do arise. You can volunteer on a weekly, monthly or one off basis.


The Work

Here are the types of work our voluteers can choose from:


  • Welcome table and Displays

  • Events & Craft organisation

  • Gardening

  • Kitchen & Catering

  • Helping new people settle in – befriending

  • Publicity, Social Media  & Photography

  • Sending cards 

  • Friends of Play Cafe

  • Website Management 

If you would like to volunteer please give us a call or send an email. All our adult volunteers are DBS checked.


Friends of the Play Cafe

The primary purpose of the ‘Friends of PlayCafe’ is to fundraise. We are a voluntary organisation that seeks to serve the families in local communities in Staffordshire Moorlands and beyond. We do not receive central/local government funding and rely on donations, grants, session fees and fundraising activities as our sources of income.


Did you know?

£3 can pay for fruit for one of our sessions 
£10 can enable one of our volunteers to attend a specialist training session  

£5 can renew craft materials

The Friends of the Play Cafe organises fundraising events and activities throughout the year – check out our Facebook page for details.


Fundraising- ways you can help!

You can choose to make a one off donation to the Play Cafe or become a regular giver
You may wish to consider holding a fundraising event and we would be pleased to provide further information or discuss ideas.

Easy fundraising. Do you shop online with Tesco, Amazon, eBay etc?
Visit EASY FUNDRAISING and register to donate to the Play Cafe. You will earn money for Play Cafe as you spend – at no extra cost to you!

Friends special products

Look out for special products created by our friends groups in our online store. These are often time limited and represent great value too,  so when you see them be sure to take advantage of the offer.


Share Bear

Share Bear is our friendship champion and general PlayCafe ambassador. He is newly appointed and will be attending as many sessions as he can. He will have his own fund raising activities and will be popping up all over the place! He is about to do his first sponsored walk accompanied by his good friends Sharon and Emilly and Buddy the Labrador. If you want to join them you can!  Share Bear will be organising a Christmas Teddy Bear’s Picnic and a spot the bear photo session. He is getting ready to start his Bear Blog and we will let you know more through our newsletter. Share Bear loves to come to sessions and encourage the children to share their joys and cares and be kind to others. He’s always friendly and always smiling. He has a ready hug for anyone feeling sad, lonely or unwell.

Becoming friends

The Friends of the PlayCafe is committed  to keeping our followers, informed about our work through social media, our blog etc., we love to share new ideas and resources too so please subscribe at the foot of the page.


If you have any ideas regarding events or activities we could organise or be involved with then do let us know so that we can include these in our program.


Corporate Sponsorship


We could not run without the support of our corporate partners 

and are currently looking for new ones. This enables us to deliver more services to more groups.

If you would like to find out about supporting our work please get in touch.


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