South Bristol Toy Library started this month at Oasis Academy Marksbury Road providing free swap and play sessions on Friday afternoons during term time.
The charity is a new community resource run by volunteers which for a small yearly membership fee allows families to borrow toys for their children as they grow.
Committee Chair Annie Berry explains: “…We particularly want to reach more isolated parents and carers – maybe those new to the area, going through postnatal illness or not on social media.
“We want to make it easier for everyone to access good quality toys and to encourage children to learn to share at the same time… it is about empowering, inspiring and supporting parents and carers to provide for their own children and families.
“We try to buy more representative and unique toys that might be more expensive to buy or harder to come across. It can save the space of buying bigger toys to keep at home or also give an opportunity to try something before buying. The library also saves waste and promotes reuse…”
She said the group was grateful to Oasis Academy for providing storage space between sessions and to local charity re:work, based in Filwood, for giving them access to used toys through the Bristol Reuse network.
The cost of membership is £10 for a year and then from 20p to £2 to borrow toys and the new summer collection includes slides and water play tables.
Sessions are running on Fridays at Oasis Academy Marksbury Road Primary School from 2-4pm until 15 July and then return on 9 September. During the summer holidays the group will be running on alternative Tuesdays from 26 July at the United Reform Church in West Street, Bedminster.
For more information visit: www.southbristoltoylibrary.co.uk, Facebook: southbristoltoylibrary or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0787 967 1784.