Sunday, March 02, 2008

Lewisham Toy Library - funding cut overturned

I was very pleased that Mayor & Cabinet decided last week to overturn the proposed cut to funding for the Lewisham Toy Library. The grant they receive is less than £5,000, but crucial to them continuing their work. The chair of their management committee made a very good speech about the volume of toys bought and thrown away in Britain each year, and the important role that toy libraries can play in reducing this waste, as well as enabling parents to save money and children to play with a wider range of toys (as pointed out in this Newsshopper article from last year on the toy library). There is no guarantee that the funding will be continued next year, but the toy library now has another year to publicise its work widely and to encourage as many families in the borough as possible to join and use its services.

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