WA’s largest toy library for people with disabilities has been revived, following the opening of a new combined toy and library service in East Victoria Park.
The new Activ Learning and Discovery Centre merges the state’s largest disability library and toy library to offer members access to information services, books and toys, replacing Noah’s Ark Toy Library which closed in 2017.
“I want to congratulate Activ for continuing its commitment to re-establish this service and for providing certainty for young people with disability and their families,” Disability Services minister Stephen Dawson said.
The merger rescued the service provided by Noah’s Ark Toy Library in Morley, transferring the services to the new library.
It will include specialist resources including toys, games and play equipment for families for children with disabilities and their carers, teachers and therapy providers.
Noah’s Ark supported up to 200 families of children with disability to implement age and skill appropriate activities to suit individual needs.
The McGowan Government will provide Activ with $75,000 to transfer management, relocation and refurbishment.
It will add to recurrent funding supplied to Activ to deliver individualised and family support services to almost 2,000 people across WA.
Activ have provided disability services to people with disabilities, families and carers since 1951.
“It was a significant loss to families of people with disability when Noah’s Ark Toy Library in Morley closed late last year, and many people contacted my office about the impending closure,” Mr Dawson said.
“Today’s official opening is a huge achievement for the families of Western Australia, for the disability sector and for this wonderful host organisation.”