Lockdown may have closed the independently-run Charlton Toy Library until December 2, but it is still helping local families. It’s just launched an appeal to raise money to buy food vouchers for families in need – can you help them raise £2,000?
They tell us…
At the end of one of the most challenging years in a long time more families than ever are in need of some Christmas cheer and support. Charlton Toy Library is continuing a long-standing tradition to provide Christmas gifts and food vouchers for vulnerable families.
“This year we are supporting over 40 families in dire straights and have an ambitious target of £2,000 to raise for food vouchers. We are grateful and humbled by all the support from the generous Greenwich borough community we have received in the past and believe that we will do it again this year, together,” says Sharon Jay, outreach worker at the Charlton Toy Library.
Some good news in from Charlton Toy Library, the volunteer-run charity based in Charlton House, who have now reopened their lending service.
After nearly four months’ closure, the Charlton Toy Library (CTL) main premises has opened again. The popular stay-and-play sessions will not resume for the foreseeable future, but the Toy Library will be offering the toy, book and safety equipment borrowing service, twice a week (Thursdays and Saturdays). There is a wide range of books and toys for children from 0-5 years available, as well as safety and baby equipment.
Staff have been working over these last months to ensure it will be a safe service for people to use.
“It has been a challenging time for CTL, but we look forward to being of service to the community again” says Vicky Thomas, CTL Co-ordinator. “Due to generous grants from the City Bridge Trust, Greenwich Charitable Trust and the government Small Business Grants programme, the Toy Library running costs are now covered for the rest of the year and as a consequence we are able to allow all current and new members to borrow five toys and five books for free at a time. All current memberships have been extended by the four months that we were closed. Play is so important for children and the Toy Library can help all parents to keep their kids entertained with different toys, that don’t have to break the bank.”
To allow for more opportunity for people to use the borrowing service, CTL will be trialling opening on Saturday mornings in July, in addition to Thursdays. The service will be a book and collect model, where people can choose from a newly created online catalogue.
During these challenging times, we are pleased that we have been able to continue to support our outreach families with baby equipment, toys, food vouchers and phone support on a weekly basis. Sharon Jay, CTL outreach worker says: “We are so grateful to the wonderful and generous Greenwich community which has, through donations, enabled us to help so many desperate and vulnerable families.”
Charlton Toy Library are hosting an Easter Party fundraising event this Saturday, 6th April 2019, between 2-4 pm at Charlton Assembly Rooms. The Toy Library is a volunteer-run, independent organisation providing families with a place to come and meet other parents, play with their children or get advice, as well as running outreach services around the borough of Greenwich and some parts of Bexley. Tickets are £6 per child (£4.50 in advance), £2 per adult.