Save Lewisham Toy Library

The Lewisham Toy Library is a toy-lending service based in Catford. Open to all children who live in the Lewisham Borough. At the moment 210 families, 19 child minders and 4 groups use their services.

Council cuts mean that the service is now under threat and they have launched a petition to demonstrate the scale of public support for their service. They say:

We think that the Lewisham Toy Library is worth saving. After dealing with many years of Lewisham Council’s cuts to our core funding (which are continuing), we are now being asked by the Council to pay commercial-level rent, thereby increasing our cost base.

We have lost enough already – chilcare services, the playbus and many other services that help with the development of children in the Borough. Join us in telling London Borough of Lewisham that we think they could offer more support – either by giving us lower rent, or maintaining funding, or both.

Show your support here.

3 comments:

Something's gotta give said...

Clearly a valued and worthwhile resource , but surely - especially when other more critical/essential services are under threat - one that could/should be run on an entirely voluntary basis (e.g. under the aegis of a local church) without public funding?

Come on down said...

Take toys away from the kids to save money or take the nuclear warheads away from the politicians - the choice is yours...

Dwayne Baraka said...

The Trustees are working harder than ever to reduce cost and find a new venue and staff it by volunteers, who we rely on more now than ever. I'd be most grateful if the anonymous "Something's gotta give" could help in any capacity, including identifying churches that have enough space and time to give the Toy Library.

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