Newcastle Toy & Leisure Library

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Heather Davidson

I have been coming along to Toy Library with my son James, who is 7, since March 2009. James was very poorly at birth and as a result has various additional needs. We thoroughly enjoy coming along to Toy Library because of all the fun things we have been able to try out and take part in but we also love it because of the large network of friends we have made. It can be isolating being a parent of a child with special needs and it’s great to be around people who just understand. I joined the Committee as I wanted to give something back to the organisation which has done so much for my family. When I’m not at Toy Library, I work full time as a Project Manager on Regeneration projects for Newcastle City Council.


Hilary Hardy

I have been involved with the Toy Library for about six years since I first brought my son Will, now twelve, to the Saturday Club. As a family we have all benefitted from the support and opportunities that the Toy Library has provided and last year I volunteered to serve on the committee as I am keen to help the Toy Library to continue its valuable work in supporting families like ours. I work part-time as the Deputy Headteacher and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator in a primary school.


Margaret Hall

I decided to join the Toy Library committee as I was so impressed by  all the good work carried out by the staff and volunteers of this very  worthwhile organisation that makes such a big difference to the lives of  many families.  I firstly became involved with the committee about 10  years ago and I am now the Minutes Secretary.  I am happy to help out by  using my admin and shorthand skills to record the minutes at the  committee meetings and AGM's.