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This project will only be funded if at least £3,500 is pledged by 1st September 2020 at 11:55pm

Help us trial our Toy sharing service, tackling plastic toy waste and giving all families in Greater Manchester access to good quality toys.

by Kimberly Bond in Salford, England, United Kingdom

BRITAIN HAS A TOY PROBLEM

Whilst we as parents spent a staggering £3.3 billion on toys in the UK in 2018, children across the country have an average of 4 toys that have NEVER been played with – meaning thousands of toys are currently unused. 

In addition, 1 in 3 parents just in the North West admit to throwing away perfectly good toys – toys that could have been used for a lot longer than they had been.

Meanwhile, 52% of families in Greater Manchester are living in poverty and children are missing out on good quality toys because the prices just keep rising, making many unaffordable.

So what if there’s a way to provide great toys for children to play with, help parents to save money and save the planet from thousands of toys ending up in landfill?

We have the solution!

Welcome to our new and innovative service – That Toy Thing.

CHANGING THE WAY YOU PLAY 

Our idea is simple – we will take donations of pre-loved toys from parents and carers in Salford and Greater Manchester, spruce them up and hire them out to families at different subscription levels. 

For just £5 a month, parents will be able to borrow up to £20 worth of toys, £10 a month for £50 of toys, and £15 a month for £90 worth of toys. 

At the end of each month, they will be able to renew the same toys, or swap them for new ones. We will deliver the toys straight to parents doors, whilst also having collection points at local businesses across Greater Manchester. 

ACCESS TO GOOD QUALITY TOYS FOR EVERYONE

Through your support we can raise funds to pilot That Toy Thing, help up to 60 families to trial the service for free, in return for feedback. 

The funding will enable us to:

  • Build a website to be the centre of our community
  • Create a toy donation campaign
  • Pay for stock, volunteers’ expenses, storage space, promotion and delivery costs
  • Buy eco-friendly cleaning equipment to ensure the toys are cleaned before and between each use. 
  • Run free 'Play days' in Salford and Manchester, encouraging parents and children to experience our resources and connect them with services in the local area such as other parent support, zero waste shops, community groups and activities they might be interested in

That Toy Thing will make a huge difference by:

  • Providing families on low incomes the opportunity to enjoy good quality toys as well as families and children with special needs to access sensory resources
  • Giving families wanting to be more eco-friendly a real alternative to ‘buying’ more toys that clutter up their houses. 
  • Encouraging families to rethink their buying habits, and reuse more of what is already available in the community. 
  • Building an online community through the website and social media so parents can see the life cycle of the toys being shared between them, such as who they have been played with before, what toys they would like to see and co-create the future of the project
  • Creating a 'new normal' for children in Salford and Greater Manchester where throwing toys away is a thing of the past - instead being rewarded for giving their toys to others.
  • Working with local schools to ensure any books or other items we get donated get passed on to families who need them. 
  • Our service will create a sustainable and affordable network for generations to come, building community resilience and tackling inequality
  • Providing employment and volunteer opportunities to local families

We anticipate the pilot will run for 6 months, and if successful, we will be able to open up our service to all families in Greater Manchester. 

We are based in Salford and work all over Greater Manchester, our mission is to help families play more sustainably, whilst saving money, reducing plastic waste and minimising clutter.

Our vision is to generate income for our parent social enterprise Visit from the Stork CIC, which already provides free services to parents across Salford & Greater Manchester, helping them deal with issues such as birth trauma, Post-natal depression and breastfeeding problems. 

If you’ve got this far – thank you! We hope you will consider supporting our project. If you'd like to find out more about our project - look out for our updates on this campaign plus follow us on Facebook or IG - @thattoything 

If you've got any questions or would like to be involved in the project, email us thattoything@gmail.com 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£30 or more

0 of 50 claimed

Founding Member - 6 months membership OR Gift Card

Become a Founding Member of That Toy Thing - £30 gives you 6 months membership @ £5pm, enabling you to trial hiring £20 worth of toys per month. It is able to be used to help us pilot and co-create our project, as well as into our 'big launch'. Or you can choose to gift the 6 months membership to a friend or family member. Plus your name will be forever on our supporters page on the website & you will have our eternal thanks! GM ONLY.

£5 or more

Thank you!

Thank you for donating to us! You have our eternal thank you for helping make this happen.

£10 or more

Your name on our website supporter page

By pledging £10 you're earning yourself your name on our permanent supporters page, which will be on our brand new website - the heart of our community. Thank you and our eternal thanks for helping make this happen.

£10 or more

1 of 30 claimed

Tribe Discount Card & your name on our website

Fancy a massage or two or want to take up Yoga? Earn yourself 10% off all treatments and classes at Transcend Therapies in Monton (Salford) with their fabulous Tribe card, PLUS get your name on our supporters page and have our eternal thanks. Your work here is done! GREATER MANCHESTER ONLY

£30 or more

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Lifetime Membership to BOOBS

With a pledge of £30 you'll earn yourself your name on our website & LIFETIME membership to our sister project BOOBS (Be Open on Breastfeeding Salford), entitling you to cool discounts across Salford. Our partner venues include Porta Tapas, GK Gallery, The Tatton, The Dispensary, Transcend Therapies, Siren Asylum & many more. The card is normally £5 a year (yours wont expire) and you don't have to be a parent or be breastfeeding to use it.

£60 or more

0 of 50 claimed

Silver Founding Member OR Gift Card

Become a Founding Member of That Toy Thing - £60 gives you 6 months membership @ £10pm, enabling you to trial hiring £50 worth of toys per month. It is able to be used to help us pilot and co-create our project, as well as into our 'big launch'. Or you can choose to gift the 6 months membership to a friend or family member. Plus your name will be forever on our supporters page on the website & you will have our eternal thanks! GM ONLY.

£90 or more

Founding Member OR Gift Card

Become a Founding Member of That Toy Thing - £90 gives you 6 months membership @ £15pm, enabling you to trial hiring £90 worth of toys per month. It is able to be used to help us pilot and co-create our project, as well as into our 'big launch'. Or you can choose to gift the 6 months membership to a friend or family member. Plus your name will be forever on our supporters page on the website & you will have our eternal thanks! GM ONLY.

£250 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Founding Member - Pay it Forward Membership

Enable us to reach more families with the Pay it Forward membership - your pledge will allow us to offer 6 months membership to 5 more families in Greater Manchester. You can nominate them yourselves or allow us to offer it out to our community. You will be highlighted as a Pay it Forward member on our website and receive a personal email thanking you as well. Please email us thattoything@gmail.com if this reward is yours.

£300 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Sponsorship

This one is perfect for local businesses - if you love the sound of our project why not pledge £300 and become a sponsor for our pilot? This pledge will get you; your name/business name permanently highlighted on our supporters wall on our website, named as sponsor/supporter on our social media for 6 months, reaching hundreds of parents in GM and your business listed on our leaflets & marketing materials during our pilot stage.

£500 or more

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Sponsorship - Main Sponsor

We will work in partnership with our sponsor for 12 months, naming you as supporter on all marketing material, plus your business name highlighted on our supporters page on the website, named as sponsor/supporter for 12 months on social media, pilot stage and beyond. PLUS your logo on our T-shirts for volunteers and staff. We'll also send a personal email to say thank you and keep you informed of your impact!

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Father's Day Tea for Two at Ordsall Hall

Only 1 available! Enjoy Afternoon tea with the 'dad' in your life in the Great Hall at the stunning Ordsall Hall in Salford. Full of history and a great day out for everyone. Plus, your name will be on permanent supporters page on our website when it launches, and you'll have our eternal thanks! GREATER MANCHESTER ONLY If this reward is yours, we will message you with details of how to claim.

Let's make 'That Toy Thing' happen

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