Can you donate food for Charlton Toy Library’s Christmas hampers?

Can you help Charlton Toy Library with a donation to its Christmas Food Hampers scheme?

It’s that time of year again! We are proud to announce we will be providing our annual Christmas Food Hampers and presents to some of our Outreach families, but we NEED YOUR HELP! We rely on your donations. Please help us make a family’s Christmas this year. People can bring the donations either to the Charlton Toy Library (Tuesday/Thursday/Friday between 9:30-12:30) or to the Office at Charlton House (Monday to Friday between 10 am to 4 pm).

Charlton Toy Library is a Registered Charity set up in 1982, and can be found at Charlton House, Charlton Rd, London SE7 8RE. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.



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Charlton Toy Library’s Summer Sale: Friday 7th July 2017

There’s an opportunity to support Charlton Toy Library this Friday, 7th July, at their summer sale. Open to all, the sale will take place 9.30am-12.30pm, and 1.30pm-2.30pm at Charlton House.

You can follow the Toy Library on Twitter at @CharltonToy.

Charlton Toy Library’s Easter party – can you help?

Last year's Charlton Toy LIbrary Party
Diddi Dance providing the entertainment at last year’s Charlton Toy Library Easter Party in Charlton Assembly Rooms

Charlton Toy Library needs sponsors and donations to support its fundraising Easter Party. Can you – or your business – help?

Charlton Toy Library is a small, independent registered charity that has been running for over 30 years. It is based at Charlton House and provides a range of facilities to the local community including: a low cost borrowing service of toys, books, DVDs, CDs, baby safety equipment, dressing up clothes and games and puzzles and stay and play sessions three times a week from 9.30am – 12.30pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. It also offers advice, support and information on a wide range of child development and parenting skills.

Additionally the Toy Library runs an Outreach Programme which provides a much needed service in the local community, providing advice and support and taking clothes, books, toys and games to women’s refuges and four HomeStart groups in the area.

The aims and objectives of the Toy Library are two-fold: to provide child development and parenting support to disadvantaged families and a safe and welcoming environment for local families with young children to have access otherwise unaffordable toys, books and child safety equipment.

Charlton Toy Library does not receive any public funding and relies on the endeavours of a small team of tireless volunteers in order to continue to operate. We are currently planning a fundraising Easter Party for Saturday 21st March and are looking for local businesses who would be willing to sponsor or give donations in return for free publicity. To make the party a success we need the following:

  • Donations of £150 to cover venue hire
  • Children’s dance/music activities
  • Children’s craft activities
  • Cakes
  • Raffle prizes
  • Small chocolate eggs (bags of mini wrapped eggs or small wrapped eggs)
  • Small party bags (to fill with chocolate eggs)

As well as helping to raise much needed funds these are great community events enjoyed by up to 150 local parents and children. If you would be able to help Charlton Toy Library by providing any of the things listed above please contact Charlotte on 020 8315 0055 or via e-mail at

Charlton Toy Library’s Christmas Appeal

Charlton Toy Library




A message from Charlton Toy Library about their Christmas appeal:

Charlton Toy Library is a charity maintained by fundraising. As well as a toy borrowing service and stay-and-play sessions, we also run an outreach programme. Our outreach worker visits four women’s refuges in the area, lending books, toys and games to the children. To help these children – who have no toys at Christmas – we are aiming to raise £1,000 in donated toys/donations for toys to be used in our outreach programme. If you are clearing out cupboards for Christmas and have toys that you can donate to the library we would be most grateful. Alternatively, if you would like to give us a donation to buy toys, please visit our Virgin Money Giving site to donate and put in the comments box that the funds are for ‘outreach toys’.

You can find out more about the work that Charlton Toy Library does at:

Charlton Toy Library nearly new sale this Saturday

nearly new saleJanine from Charlton Toy Library‘s been in touch…

We realise that we’ve perhaps left this a little late but… we were wondering whether you might be able to help us advertise our Nearly New sale this Saturday 15th June at 10.30-12.30 in Charlton Assembly Rooms.

We’ll be selling quality secondhand and new children’s clothes, equipment, books and toys, along with maternity stuff too. There will be tea, coffee and cakes provided by the Old Cottage Coffee Shop as well as facepainting. There will be a £1 entry fee which all goes to help raise funds for the Toy Library.

Consider it done. And if you’re around in the afternoon, Carol Kenna from the Charlton Parks Reminiscence Project will be talking to the Charlton Society about her work at 2.30pm.

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