You can help

Last updated on July 19, 2015

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. That’s why fundraising is a vital part of the Toy Library’s day to day running. You will always find us selling new and used toys, organising cake sales and holding raffles.

There are many ways you can help us:

Donating money

We’ve setup a Virgin Money Giving  account to make it simple and secure for you to send online donations. It is simple and easy to use and only takes a couple of minutes , you can pay with your credit card without registering. To access the CTL account log on at Virgin Money Giving, click on the “Make a donation” button on the right sidebar and follow the steps. It’s very easy to do, even if you haven’t done it before!

Alternatively, you could send us a cheque by post or you could visit us and make a donation in person.

Call us on 020 8319 0055 or send us an e-mail at charltontoylibrary@gmail.com for more information.

Shop Online and Raise Money via Easy Fundraising!

It’s the easiest way to help raise money for Charlton Toy Library and it will cost you nothing at all! If you already shop online with retailers such as Amazon, M&S, Argos, John Lewis, Comet, Vodafone, eBay, Boden, Play.com or any of the other 2,000 retailers, then we need you to sign up for free to raise money while you shop!

If you sign up to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/charltontoylibrary for free and use the links on the easyfundraising site to take you through to the retailer, then a percentage of whatever you spend comes directly to us at no extra cost to yourself. There are no extra forms to fill in. Everything happens automatically. You just shop as normal. There are over 2,000 retailers on the site, and some of the donations can be as much as 15% of your purchase.

Save money too!  easyfundraising is FREE to use plus you’ll get access to hundreds of exclusive discounts and voucher codes, so not only will you be helping us, you’ll be saving money yourself.

Just click on the link at the top right of this page to connect!

Gift AID

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Gift Aid is a system whereby the Toy Library can claim back, from the Government, the income tax you have paid on the money that you used to pay for your family membership fees and other donations.

On a  membership fee of £15.00 we can claim an extra £3.25 !
It is very simple. All you have to do is let us know by phone, email or post whether your family paid income tax back to 5th April 2003.
All we need to know is your child’s name and membership number if you know it, and the full name of the person who pays income tax along with your full address. Let us know which tax years we can claim for.

It couldn’t be easier and it is a great help to keep your Toy Library going. Thank you!

Payroll Giving

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Payroll Giving is a simple, tax effective way to make a regular donation to help the Charlton Toy Library.
Donations made through the scheme are taken from your gross pay. This means that for every £1 you give, it will only cost you 78p (60p if you pay the higher tax rate). The taxman will pay the charity the difference! Therefore your donation effectively costs you less and we receive more.
If your employer is already part of Payroll Giving then you can use Payroll Giving to make donations to us.

Donating toys and other items

  • Unwanted Christmas or birthday presents.
  • New or used toys and books suitable for under 5s… in good condition please. We can’t accept soft toys.
  • Baby and child safety equipment in good condition (please contact us if you have these items to donate as we take items subject to storage space being available).
  • Toilet rolls, baby wipes, craft materials.
  • Kitchen/toilet cleaner, anti-bacterial wipes.

Volunteering

We are always in need of volunteers. If you would like to help either on the management committee or helping out at sessions, if you enjoy fund raising or have a skill that would benefit the Toy Library, please see one of us at the Toy Library or email us at charltontoylibrary@gmail.com.

Current Volunteer Vacancies – Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Toy Checker (Volunteer): needed to check and clean toys after they have been issued in on the computer. You would need to count each piece of toy and make sure there are no broken bits and clean the toy with anti-bacterial wipes ( supplied by the Toy Library). Session time 9.30-12.30.

Play area / craft helper (Volunteer): needed to plan and deliver and tidy up a weekly craft activity. Generally help keep the play areas tidy. Session times 9.30-12.30.

Story Teller (Volunteer): if you fancy reading one of our fantastic storysacks on a weekly basis, any day we are open will be fantastic. Session will run for about half an hour. Sessions 9.30-12.30.