We are run entirely by volunteers which keeps our costs to a minimum. Membership and toy hire fees help to cover those costs, however, we actively seek funding to keep the library running smoothly and stocked with an exciting range of quality toys. We are very grateful to all our funders and supporters.
Our 2017-18 Toy Library Development and Outreach project is funded by Big Lottery Awards for All
A Comic Relief Community Cash grant is contributing to venue hire and the costs of managing our volunteers.
SBTL founder, Annie graduated from the SSE/Lloyds/Big Lottery funded Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme 2016-17. The grant from this programme has been used to supplement the Development and Outreach project and fund an exciting and enormous new toy cupboard on wheels at the URC hall!
Greater Bedminster Community Partnership Neighbourhood Wellbeing fund has supported our venue and refreshments costs enabling us to run toy library swap and play sessions from United Reformed Church hall. It also funded some very popular hire items including our giant XL Polydron set!
A Comic Relief Local Communities grant in 2016 enabled us to fund play activities, equipment to start running library sessions including computers, volunteer t-shirts, promotional materials, shelving and storage boxes
A Postcode Community Trust grant enabled us to fund essential play equipment and marketing materials to start running toy library sessions from a second venue in South Bristol
Quartet Community Foundation express grant funding in 2016 helped us to fund start-up equipment and begin running our first toy library sessions from Oasis Academy Marksbury Road
The Let’s Walk Bedminster project was part of the Bristol Green Capital project 2015 organised by Greater Bedminster Community Partnership. This funding helped us to acquire balance bikes and push trikes for the toy library. It encouraged people to get out and about with their toddlers as well as reusing and sharing resources.
Microscooter Aid have been amazing and supported the Let’s Walk Bedminster project with some fab Microscooters, helmets and a balance bike. These were our first items available to hire and are among our most loved/borrowed items!
Kiddimoto give us a substantial discount on some brilliant balance bikes as part of the Let’s Walk Bedminster project. They also donated a balance bike to a raffle which raised the first funds to start the toy library project with. They are a local company and it was great to have their support!
There have also been some fabulous individuals who have given us their time and skills for free to help the toy library get up and running, along with businesses who have lent their support.
ASDA Bedminster supported the South Bristol Toy Library by choosing us for one of their green tokens collections and we were presented with a runner-up cheque along with a trolley full of donated new toys towards the end of 2016.
Chris is the brains behind Lend Engine and has worked tirelessly to create a searchable online catalogue of all the toys and items we have for hire. He has also listened to and happily acted on every request we’ve made to tweak and improve the Lend Engine on an ongoing basis.
Sally Waite designed our eye-catching and colourful logo and is the owner of Noah and the Bear, where she creates beautiful, hand-crafted silhouette lamps for babies and children.
Third Sector Legal helped us to form as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and gave excellent advice on the charity registration process and our constitution.