Ann Robertson



Greenwich Toy & Leisure Library


Volunteers have a highly important role in the delivery of GTLLA services. In the last financial year a team of over 70 volunteers contributed over 29,000 hours to various aspects of our work including organising play sessions, accompanying families on holiday, driving our minibuses, raising funds, etc. We estimate that at the very minimum this help is equal to over £160,000 per annum in equivalent staffing.

Why volunteer for us?

People volunteer for various reasons. Some people want to learn new skills and gain work experience, others want to make friends or give something back to the community. Whatever reasons you have for wanting to volunteer at GTLLA you will find first class support from staff and other volunteers, a warm, positive and inviting atmosphere and tremendous scope to learn new skills, enjoy new experiences and make an important contribution to the happiness and well being of some remarkable children.

GTLLA Volunteering Opportunities

  • Organising games and activities for under 5’s
  • Helping run after school clubs
  • Escorting children with disabilities/special needs on outings and day trips
  • Accompanying children with disabilities/special needs on short-term breaks
  • Befriending parents of children with disabilities/special needs
  • Driving GTLLA mini-buses
  • Taking the mobile toy library into special schools and nurseries
  • Administrative support in the toy-library
  • Fundraising

Volunteer Profile: Anne Bennett

Anne Bennett joined GTLLA as a volunteer in January 2007 and in less than a year has become a key member of our team. “It is really hard to imagine the toy library without Anne” said Deborah Cavill, GTLLA Home Visiting Co-ordinator.

Owing to long-term health issues Anne is unable to work in full time employment so volunteering for GTLLA is very important to her. “I’ve done more in this last year then I have in my whole life. I love it here. The people are amazing, the children are just wonderful and I’ve got to go places and do things I never have before.”

Anne’s role at GTLLA is to interact on a 1-2-1 basis with children who range from having moderate difficulties to profound and complex needs. She helps them explore their environment and develop through play. Anne is working with a number of older children with autism who are unable to communicate verbally and who present challenging behaviour. Her patience, understanding and genuine love of children mean she excels in this role.

“The Children are quite simply amazing” says Anne. “When I feel low about my own health I think about what they have to deal with on a daily basis and all of sudden, things don’t seem so tough”.


If you are interested in volunteering for GTLLA please contact Deborah Cavill on 020 8 854 7090 or email We will then arrange for you to visit GTLLA and see for yourself the fantastic contributions are volunteers make.