Every child should be able to play. But due to lack of accessibility and specialist equipment, many disabled children miss out on the play and friendship opportunities that most families can take for granted. With the Allsorts Inclusive Community Toy Library this is different. Here, any child can play, have fun and make friends.
Why your help matters
We want the venue to be self funding by 2021, but in the meantime, we need your help to make sure we can keep going until then.
Your pledge will mean that hundreds of disabled children will have opportunities for play and friendship that don't exist elsewhere in our local community.
Here are some special things about our Toy Library and Playspace that mean that any child, regardless of their needs, will have fun here!
With over 1000 toys and pieces of specialist equipment, we have equipment that helps disabled children to develop communication skills, dexterity and confidence.
Special environment and flooring
With a special design to help those with sensory processing disorder, we have a sound absorbent floor to help to reduce noise. It's also shock absorbent to that it minimizes the harm that can come from the falls and seizures that so many of the children we work with experience.
We have a sensory room with different lights and sounds that can be changed by the children to create their favorite environment. We also have a music room which houses a Soundbeam - a laser-beam powered piece of equipment which means that wheelchair users who have only limited movement, can make music!
Our staff and volunteers are specially trained in paediatric first aid, positive behaviour support and safeguarding to provide the best possible support for any child with any additional needs.
The Toy Library has provided work and volunteering opportunities for ten disabled young people in the last year. This has helped to build skills and confidence, and help with future careers.
We have a special Changing Places loo which means that children with special requirements for toileting can come and enjoy a day out.
In this special place we can host special clubs like Messy Play, Sensory Play and Construction Club, as well as health and fitness activities. We can also host information and support sessions for parents and carers to help them to support each other and their families.
Please support our Toy Library to run for the next year and provide thousands of hours of fun to hundreds of disabled children and their families.