Photo: Save the Children Australia
TOY WELL TOY LIBRARIES
Toy Well establishes volunteer-run free toy lending services for children and families experiencing hardship
in Community Hubs located in primary schools, with a particular focus on migrant and refugee families.
In doing so, Toy Well:
provides more opportunities for children and their parents to engage in high-quality play-based learning at home, which improves children’s social, physical, cognitive and emotional skills, leading to improved school readiness;
educates parents about the importance of play-based learning for young children;
creates a safe and enjoyable context for families to meet, create friendships and develop support networks;
provides volunteer and work opportunities for parents who oversee the toy library;
provides an entry point to engage with other social services co-located with the toy library.
During 2019-20 the Trawalla Foundation and the Besen Family Foundation funded a pilot of Toy Well at six sites across Victoria. The pilot was facilitated by Save the Children Australia and included the involvement of Community Hubs Australia and Toy Libraries Australia . The pilot demonstrated the positive impact of Toy Well on children and parents/caregivers.
In 2021, Toy Well (led by Toy Libraries Australia) will be expanding from its current locations to another 5 sites in Dandenong and Hume local government areas.
If you are interested in supporting the Toy Well program please contact Toy Libraries Australia at email@example.com.