Toy Lending

 

Play Music

 

Parent Support

 

Outing

 

Sensory Studio

 

Toy Library

 

Toy Library

 

At The Beach

Greenwich Toy & Leisure Library

Services

Special Needs Toy & Equipment Lending Service

GTLLA has one of the largest special needs toy libraries in the UK.  Our stock consists of over 7,000 items, insured for over £200,000 and growing in size every day. The library also provides a ‘Switch Bank' and assessment facility which enables children with profound disabilities the opportunity to access play equipment by use of switches and specially adapted toys.

Membership of the library costs just £24 per year and enables members to borrow up to 6 items per month. A Toy Stock Book is available to all members at no charge and is available in CD Rom, print and PDF format. Orders can be made by phone, email or in person.


Play & Lending Sessions

Each week the toy library holds four 2 hour play sessions for children under 5 (or not in formal education) and their siblings, parents/carers. These sessions have been designed to encourage parents/carers to participate in their child's play and to explore with our staff and volunteers how they might take advantage of the library service. Children are able to enjoy novel play experiences including music, story telling, mucky play and basic I.T.


Home Visiting

Providing support to parents and carers is an integral part of GTLLA services. We understand that in their child's early years, parents often feel isolated, confused and frustrated in accessing information and/or services. The aim of the Home Visiting Service is to focus on their needs and to address any fears, anxieties or worries they have.

We provide support through a Home Visiting Co-ordinator and a group of volunteers who are trained in befriending and counselling. Volunteers make a commitment to visit parents/carers in their own home on a regular basis. They offer a confidential and sympathetic ear, access to information and advice, practical help and assistance, mutual support and encouragement, a sharing of common ground, support in dealing with contentious issues, acknowledgement of a carer's strengths and an opportunity to meet other parents and carers.

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Short Term Breaks

Enabling families with children with special needs to take holidays, outings and attend community play schemes away from their daily routine is a valuable way of engaging the whole family in play and an opportunity for volunteers and GTLLA staff to get to know a family better and work with them to identify the best ways of providing help and support. This project also provides an important respite service for parents/carers and the wider family. Recent holidays and outings have included Camelot near Preston and the Lord Mayor's Show in Central London.


Sensory Studio

Over 750 children, young people and adults (and their parents/carers) used our Sensory Studio in the last financial year. Access to the studio is FREE to all members of the Toy Library. Staff and volunteers have invested a great deal of time researching the interactive games and equipment needed for a Sensory Studio. To support this project we now have an impressive range of CD's, specialist toys and interactive computers to ensure a unique and stimulating experience for children and adults with profound disabilities.

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Out-Reach & Toy Library Network

GTLLA provides professional advice, support and management to 39 smaller user led toy libraries in Greenwich . This service also benefits from our mobile toy library, Toys on Track, which makes fortnightly visits to estates in the South Greenwich area and a door-to-door service for childminders or parents/carers who are housebound. Over 800 families accessed this service in the last financial year.


Additional Projects & Services

At GTLLA we are always looking for new ways to support children with special needs and their families. For that reason we have established a number of small, sometimes short term projects including a participation project for 16-25yr olds, music workshops, parent programmes such as Expert Patients Programme and Development Project for getting parents back to work, life skills, vocational training, work experience and volunteering opportunities.

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