Special Needs Toy Library

This project was the original foundation that Families First (North East) was built upon. It started as a small group offering a toy library based within St Paul’s Church Hall, Murray Street in the first year. Unfortunately the library became virtually non existent due to a lack of funding and diminishing stock. On Tuesday 30 March 2010, we re-launched an exciting new Special Needs Toy Library

It is a dedicated service for parents/carers, childminders and other settings who care for children with special or additional support needs.

The library was set up to give children and young people with special and additional needs an opportunity to loan suitable toys and specialist equipment to use in their home. As a group we know how difficult and expensive it is to purchase such items.

As of April 2016, the service only charges an annual membership free.  All equipment is now free to hire !! JOIN TODAY BY CLICKING HERE

What the Toy Library offers:

  • We have weekly Family sessions held at Families First (North East), One77, York Road, Hartlepool.
  • Twice weekly Tots Time Sessions, held on Wednesday and Thursdays from 9.15am to 11.15am.
  • We deliver, install and demonstrate equipment.
  • We have regular outreach sessions held throughout various community settings.
  • You can come along to our premises and try out toys before deciding if it is suitable.
  • We can source a toy for you to purchase.

Please feel free to come along and meet our staff, we are friendly and welcoming.

Our Tots Time Toddler Group takes place on, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9.15am and 11.15am . All children welcome from birth to 5 years. Only £1 per session, which includes a snack.

We also have weekly Family sessions (Last Saturday of each month) at Families First (North East). Bring the kids along, try new play equipment and toys and relax with a cuppa and friends.

We offer a dedicated Special Needs Home Support Officer to promote the development of play within the family environment. The officer has the additional responsibility of offering support and advice to parents of children with a profound physical / learning disability. Our officer offers stimulating, fun and safe toys and specialist play equipment, including adapted bikes, operating through a loan scheme and working alongside school nurses / play therapists.
 
As part of this work, we support parents / carers via  home visits and regular coffee mornings / peer support. We give families the opportunity to browse specialist catalogues to provide ideas of play and shape the future provision of the service.
 
These sessions also provide an opportunity to network with other parents with similar issues and look to identify solutions and a sympathetic ear.
 
For further information on this service, please contact The Section Head for Children and Young People on 01429 867016 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.