Newcastle Toy & Leisure Library

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Jackie Wallace


I have worked at the Toy Library as a part time family worker since 2004. I work with children and young people aged 5-13 years.  I am currently funded by the Lloyds TSB.  My role involves supporting children, young people and their families in accessing play provision across the city.  My approach to work is to focus on fun and support the children and young people in what they want to do or where they want to go.  I particularly enjoy organising trips and outings that are new and challenging, as you never know what you can do until you try!


Gary Bowden

I have been at the Toy Library since Jan 2009 and am funded by the Play Lottery to work with the teenagers involved in This 1 Group, helping them to plan their own activities and outings.

I also work at a project in Byker helping people with learning and/or physical disabilities create their own music.
When I am not working, I play bass guitar with a 20 piece street band, enjoy walking, have a cat (Bee) and am married to Carol.
I enjoy going out to different places with This 1 Group.


Heather Taylor

I have worked at the Toy Library as a family worker for 8 years. I am married to Steve and we have 2 teenage children. I enjoy spending time with the family and walking my dog Jazz.
I am funded by Children in Need to work specifically with children aged 0 to 5 years providing access to a range of play and leisure activities.
I really enjoy my job and I have had lots of fun times with our younger members over the last few years.


Christine Graham


I have been with the Toy Library for 14 years. I joined the Toy Library Staff in 1996 as an Outreach Worker, then became the Organiser in 2002. I am responsible for the smooth running of the Toy Library and keeping everything on track.

In my home life I am married with two grown up children. My hobbies and interests are travelling and reading.


Liz Summerson


I first started coming to the Toy Library under 5's group in 2003.

In February 2009 I took up the position of temporary admin worker to cover maternity leave and was successful in securing a permanent post in January 2010. I love my job, no two days are the same, I deal with the office admin and finance, but also get to meet the families and children when I am on the reception at Saturday Club which is great.

Having accessed the Toy Library as a parent of a child with a disability I know what a great service is on offer to the whole family and I am proud to work for such a fantastic organisation.