Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney today presented a $60,000 cheque to the WA Association of Toy Libraries, to help the toy-sharing organisation build on its programs across the State.
The Lotterywest grant will help the association develop formal policies and procedures; upgrade its IT; boost its LOTE (languages other than English) program; and explore social media to communicate to the wider Western Australia community.
After more than 20 years of dedicated work by the organisation, there are now about 120 toy libraries in WA, of which about 90 are members of the association.
The libraries are staffed by volunteers allowing at least weekly access and fortnightly change-over of toys, games and puzzles which has proven to be a vital service for many WA families.
“Toy libraries are such an exemplary grass-roots example of a self-starting, self-help community service,” Mrs McSweeney said.
“The WA Association of Toy Libraries makes a valuable contribution to the Western Australian community and I hope these funds go a way to make the services more available to families that need them. This State Government supports programs that help children’s development and promotes learning through play. We also do this through our support of Playgroup WA.”
Lotterywest is the only lottery in Australia which is owned by a State Government. The funds raised are directly distributed to community organisations and the proceeds make a real difference to the lives of all West Australians.
In 2011-12, Lotterywest provided $117.8million in direct grants to 1333 community and charitable organisations.
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