About us

Last updated on July 1, 2020

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 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  Fridays and Saturdays 10.00-12.00. Please note we are open during term time only and close at the same times as Greenwich schools.


Staff

Charlton Toy Library currently employs 2 staff members.

Vicky Thomas is our Toy Library Co-ordinator. Vicky oversees the running of the stay-and -play sessions at Charlton House, with the help of volunteers and supports the Outreach Worker. She also organises numerous events throughout the year. This post is funded by Comic Relief – The Evening Standard Dispossessed fund until November 2018.

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

Jo Curtis  – Chair

Janine Khoshnevisan -Treasurer

Patricia Santome - Secretary

Daniela De Nicolo – ordinary member

Daniela Kaltenbach – ordinary member

 

The Management Committee is always looking for new members. If you think that you might be interested in this vital role, please email info@charltontoylibrary.org.uk to find out more.

 

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

email info@charltontoylibrary.org.uk       telephone 020 8319 0055

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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.
  • We work alongside health visitors, midwives, refuges, Homestart staff, the Greenwich Disability Team, social workers, school liaison officers and other toy libraries.

In 2018-2019 we helped a total of 361 children living in 240 families… of these, 108 families were supported via our Outreach Service, helping 190 very disadvantaged children. We helped 79 lone parent families. Over and above the usual services we offer on our Outreach service, 43 children and 22 adults were given Christmas presents last year and 21 families were given a Christmas hamper. Please read our Annual Report (below) for more information.

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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.

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Annual Reports

CTL Annual Report 2019-2020

CTL Annual Report 2018-2019

CTL Annual Report 2017-2018

CTL Annual Report 2016-2017

CTL Annual Report 2015-2016

CTL Annual Report 2014-2015

CTL Annual Report 2013/2014

CTL Annual Report 2012/2013