About us

Last updated on March 26, 2017

Who we are

Charlton Toy Library is a Registered Charity set up in 1982 by a group of mums who met on a regular basis with their children.  They took turns in running it from their own homes.

We now have our own dedicated premises within Charlton House and are run by a voluntary Management Committee made up of current and former Toy Library members.

We are open on  Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9.30 -12.30. Please note we are open during term time only and close at the same times as Greenwich schools.


Charlton Toy Library currently employs 2 staff members.

Laura Hill is our Toy Library Co-ordinator and oversees the running of the stay-and -play sessions at Charlton House, with the help of volunteers. This post is funded by our own internal fundraising.

Sharon Jay is our Outreach Worker and runs the Mobile Outreach project, visiting Home-Start families and three women’s refuges as well as families in crisis referred to us. The Outreach Worker post is funded by BBC Children in Need until September 2019.


Management Committee

Stella Benavides  – Chair

Janine Khoshnevisan -Treasurer

Dona Dickson – Secretary

Sarah Roseblade – ordinary member

Patricia Santome – ordinary member

Emily Wasp – ordinary member

Vicky Wright – ordinary member


The Management Committee is always looking for new members. If you think that you might be interested in this vital role, you would be welcome to attend one of the meetings, without obligation, to see what we do.

Next committee meetings are  on:

Wednesday 26th April at 8.15pm

Friday 26th May at 1pm

Friday 30th June at 1pm

Friday 14th July at 1pm

AGM 2017: Friday 30th June at 11am

The last AGM was held on Friday 15th July at 10.30am at the Toy Library. If you missed it and would like a copy of the AGM report then please contact us.

We are based in Charlton House , Charlton Rd, London SE7 8RE

email charltontoylibrary@gmail.com       telephone 020 8319 0055


What we do

Charlton Toy Library is a fun, stimulating and safe place. It provides families with a place to come and meet other parents, play with their children or get advice from our very experienced members of staff.
We serve hundreds of families in and around the borough. We have an extensive range of children and adult books with reference to all aspects of childcare, health, meal planning, disabilities and many more topics. Our toy selection is fantastic with age ranges from 0 up to 7 on selected toys. We have a wide range of story-sacks, special needs toys, baby toys, games and puzzles, dressing up and many more, all available for loan for two weeks.

Our safety and baby equipment is also extensive, with items ranging from socket covers to safety gates and play pens. These are on loan from one to six months at a time.

We provide several services:

  • We offer play/borrowing sessions three mornings a week.
  • We offer a mobile toy and safety equipment loan service to hard-to-reach and isolated families, a women’s refuge and toddler groups around the borough of Greenwich. We currently work with three HomeStart groups too.
  • We offer basic safety advice for the home. We offer advice on child safety equipment, both on what type of equipment to choose and on how to fit it correctly. Our range of safety and baby equipment is vast and doesn’t cost much to hire.
  • Our outreach visits to deliver safety equipment have often been opportunities to support families who are at risk or whose English is not their first language, parents who have special needs, refugees and asylum seekers, mothers affected by postnatal depression and need some friendly advice or practical help or maybe families who just needed someone to talk to.
  • When needed we have worked alongside health visitors, portage workers and social workers; school liaison officers and other toy libraries.



Aims and Objectives

Charlton Toy Library aims to promote the principle that play does matter for the developing child. Our objectives are to:

  • Offer a befriending & supportive service to parents and carers.
  • Make play available & lend appropriate toys and books to help children learn and develop their creative, social and educational skills.
  • Extend the opportunity for shared play into the home.
  • Provide play areas where children and adults can use a wide variety of toys and creative activities and to offer an opportunity to socialise and exchange experiences.

We have an Equal Opportunities policy and a good selection of multi-cultural and non-sexist toys and books.

Charlton Toy Library is not part of Greenwich Council or any Leisure Library. It is an independent voluntary group which has to secure its own funding.


Annual Reports

CTL Annual Report 2014-2015

CTL Annual Report 2013/2014

CTL Annual Report 2012/2013

CTL Annual Report 2011/2012

CTL Annual Report 2010/2011

CTL Annual Report 2009/2010