Charlton Toy Library’s 30th anniversary party

Charlton Toy Library are having a birthday party on Saturday – and they need your help to secure the future of this local service…

Charlton Toy Library celebrates its 30th Birthday on 10th November 3pm-6pm at Charlton Assembly Rooms with a spectacular party. Everyone with children is invited to come and enjoy a music session with Boppin Bunnies, theatre workshop with Theatre bugs, balloons, bubbles, birthday tea, party games, face painting and much, much more.

The library is based at Charlton House and runs a borrowing service of toys, books, DVD’s, CD’s, baby safety equipment, dressing up clothes, games puzzles and lots more. It also runs stay and play sessions three times a week 09.30-12.30 on Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays.

Charlton Toy Library does not receive any public funding and relies on a diminishing number of grants. It is likely to lose its outreach programme, which provides a much needed service in the local community for disadvantaged families, in the next few months due to lack of funding.

The service in Charlton House is run solely by a tireless team of dedicated volunteers but the Outreach service delivered by a part time qualified worker and, until recently, a big friendly red van is a cost that the library can no longer afford to run.

Colin Brown, chair of the management committee of the library, said “After 30 years serving the community it will be a terrible shame for the toy library to have to cease running its outreach programme. The ‘stay and play’ and borrowing sessions in Charlton House are also at risk as we rely very heavily on volunteers.

We hope that, following the volunteering boost triggered by the Olympics, we may be able to attract some more help but the running costs needed to keep our outreach worker are increasingly difficult to come by, indeed we have already had to sell the ‘friendly red van’ to cover salary costs for the next few months.  This has not been helped by the fact that applications to charitable trusts have been increasingly unsuccessful in recent months due to the economic climate and the number of other organisations applying for them.

We will keep the Toy Library going in its present format for as long as possible and will enjoy celebrating our 30th birthday on 10 November”

The party will be a fundraising event with an affordable ticket price and an auction of promises for the adults. We are very grateful to Asda on Bugsby Way who is sponsoring the event.

If you would like to help us celebrate and support Charlton Toy Library, tickets can be purchased online at  If you are unable to attend but would like to support the Toy Library you can still do so by visiting the Virgin Money Giving website and making a small donation or by donating a ‘promise’ for the auction (details of which can be found on our website

If you would be interested in becoming a volunteer, helping run our weekly sessions, helping with fundraising or have any services you could offer directly to the library, please contact us on 020 8315 0055 or e-mail us at