Toy library needs volunteers and members to keep doors open for local families

Shannon SmithAlbany Advertiser
Michelle Hassell and daughter Lillian, 2, at the relocated Rainbow Coast Toy Library.
Camera IconMichelle Hassell and daughter Lillian, 2, at the relocated Rainbow Coast Toy Library. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson

Rainbow Coast Toy Library is in urgent need of more volunteers and members to keep the community group running for young families.

The volunteer-run not-for-profit organisation allows families to save money by borrowing toys rather than buying them.

Chairwoman Michelle Hassell said government restrictions had forced the library to close to the public, but left it ineligible for financial relief from the effects of COVID-19.

“This was sad because it was at a time when families needed the toys and learning resources at home the most,” she said.

“We then opened up slowly by appointment and now, finally we’re back in full swing.

“Due to the closure, we had no new members join and no income to the library, so we have a little catch-up to do.

“We weren’t eligible to apply for relief, as the library didn’t fit the application criteria.”

Ms Hassell said the group did not feel confident about applying for the Lotterywest COVID-19 Relief Fund grant program because members believed other organisations needed it more.

She said membership income covered operating costs, while grants and fundraising helped buy and maintain toys.

“More members mean we have more people using and enjoying the toy library resources as intended,” she said. “The library has been running for 30 years and we would love to see it running for another 30 years.”

The toy library is open from 10am-noon on Saturdays.

Visit Rainbow Coast Toy Library on Facebook.

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