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Photo: Save the Children Australia


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 info@toylibraries.org.au