Toy library group celebrates its one-year anniversary

Parents and children celebrate The Connors toy library's first birthday in Paulsgrove with a party inside Wymering Community Centre. From left,  Karen Drayton with Sofia Jackman-Vincent, two, Joshua Costall, three, and Heidi Bone.'''Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150966-2)
Parents and children celebrate The Connors toy library's first birthday in Paulsgrove with a party inside Wymering Community Centre. From left, Karen Drayton with Sofia Jackman-Vincent, two, Joshua Costall, three, and Heidi Bone.'''Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150966-2)

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A TOY library is celebrating helping dozens of families in its first year in Paulsgrove.

Connors Toy Library lends toys and offers other community resources for children, their families and carers.

The library is home to therapeutic, educational, and stimulating toys for youngsters.

It aims to promote better care and upbringing by running ‘stay and play’ sessions at various locations.

Nearly 40 families make use of its facilities.

Heidi Bone, 33, has been running the Paulsgrove group at the Hillside and Wymering Centre, alongside fellow volunteer Liz Costall for a year and was at the birthday celebration to mark the milestone.

She said: ‘We’ve grown to wonderful numbers with the support of parents and their children.

‘What makes Connors different is that the children can actually borrow the toys so they can continue their development at home.’

The sessions, for children aged up to five include crafts for the children, healthy snacks, and a place for parents to get to know one another.

Heidi, who has been a volunteer for the company for six years, added: ‘I enjoy putting something back into the community and making new friends.

‘Over the year we have been running we have built up from just four families to almost 40.

‘I just want to thank all the parents for helping the group to continue to run.’

The sessions at Paulsgrove run every Tuesday morning, during term time, from 9.30am to 11.30am.

Heidi also runs a session at the Drayton centre on Wednesday mornings at the same time and all are welcome at both.