Toys of all shapes and sizes ready to play

Published on Wednesday, 19 January 2022 at 10:07:35 AM

A COVID-19 Recover Together grant has seen toys of all shapes and sizes receive a second life, after funds supported a makeover at a local toy library.

The Swan View Toy Library has a fresh look, thanks to a $2306.90 funding boost from a Reconnect grant through the Shire of Mundaring’s Recover Together Fund.

Toy Library volunteer Trudi Guagliardo said the funds were used to rejuvenate the library to ensure returning members enjoyed a fresh space to connect.

“The grant has really helped us to rejuvenate and reconnect with our members. It has given the library a fresh feel and a new lease of life,” she said.

“We also invested in marketing and advertising to attract more family memberships and help build social connections in the community.”

Ms Guagliardo said library shelves and containers had been updated and the library was now more visually appealing and felt less claustrophobic.

“The feedback we have received from library patrons is that they feel more comfortable as the shelves have created more space for people to move and play,” she said

Mats and trolleys have also been added.

New members welcome

The library has welcomed 10 new members, and has seen an increase of over 50 percent in demand for borrowing toys.

Ms Guagliardo said lockdown in 2020 saw the groups’ membership decline, resulting in a loss of community connection and spirit.

There are many benefits to a community toy library including the diversity of toys children can borrow, ensuring children don’t get bored of the same toys.

Toy Libraries also teach children how to respect toys and families can save money by borrowing toys instead of buying.

Diversity of toys to borrow, a cost saving

Swan View Toy Library member Chara Faux said the diversity of toys had helped her to save space and money in her household.

“I saw a toy mixer at Target we were thinking of buying for Christmas for our daughter,” she said.

“A week later, the toy library bought it so now we have borrowed it, which is great.”

Ms Guagliardo added that she encouraged parents to borrow toys for children’s parties and this was a popular option.

Shire's Recover Together Grants supporting local initiatives 

Shire President James Martin said he was pleased to hear that the Reconnect Grant had assisted in the toy library’s makeover and reconnected members.

“The Shire’s Recover Together grants have been successful in supporting initiatives from local businesses and community groups to address the impacts of lockdowns,” he said.

“The funding program saw the Shire award 53 Recover Together Grants totalling $248,581.53 during the 2020/21 financial year.”

“Out of the 53 grants, 23 Reconnect grants to the value of $49,683.23 were awarded to 21 community groups and two businesses.”

The Swan View Toy Library is located at 116 Salisbury Rd, Swan View and will reopen on Saturday 5 February 2022.

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