Toy library celebrates Christmas with cash boost

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Young and old are being invited to take advantage of a service that received a cash boost.

The Baby Equipment Service and Toy Library, in Wallsend, has received an £81,000 grant from BBC Children in Need as part of £2.4m being given to 48 projects in Tyne and Wear.

The money will be used to fund two project support workers and equipment for three years.

The project support workers run the toy library, which is open to the public each week, whilst also running outreach sessions and taking the toy library to groups who find it difficult to access the service.

The workers also run the ‘Stay and Play’ sessions for local children and young people of all ages which provide safe toys, games and equipment which help them to develop and improve their cognitive skills, to increase their confidence and to learn the skills to play with their friends.

Ahead of Christmas, the group will be running the Toy Library on Tuesday, December 22 from noon to 2.30pm and on Wednesday, December 23, from noon to 4.30pm, inviting children and their families to pop in.

The children who attend are encouraged to become members of the toy library to promote regular use and gives the children the ability to borrow toys to play with in their own home.

Deb Walters, project support worker at the Baby Equipment Loan Service & Toy Library, said: “The funding from BBC Children in Need allows us to provide a valuable service to local children and families.

“We work year round, but it’s always nice to help people out at Christmas.

“We’re open on Tuesday and Wednesday this week and if anyone in the area would like to pop in for some toys before Christmas they would be more than welcome.

“We have a great selection for children of all ages.”