Home schooling Mum Hester Mills knows the value of the Taranaki Toy Library for her family.

“With four children at home, including my nine-year-old son Issac who is developmentally delayed, access to a variety of toys for all types of play and ability is crucial,” says Hester Mills.

Thanks to a recent gift from the Tindall Foundation, the Taranaki Toy Library can continue supporting families like the Mills’.

“The Tindall Foundation grant enables us to do more for our members and accommodate everyone’s unique circumstances,” says Taranaki Toy Library Administrator Jana Dunnet.

Responsibility for allocating funding of around $40,000 per year under the Tindall Foundation’s supporting families and social services programme is overseen by Te Karaka Foundation.

“We’re pleased the Tindall Foundation has recognised Te Karaka’s expertise and local knowledge and has entrusted us to make recommendations and support organisations like the Taranaki Toy Library who support Taranaki families,” says Te Karaka Foundation Chair Ken Horner.

Issac especially enjoys the novelty of getting new toys each fortnight.

“There’s no way I could, or would, buy new toys every couple of weeks so our toy library membership is a great solution.”

Hester had used a toy library prior to moving to New Plymouth nine years ago, but when their house burnt down they were gifted a toy library membership which regenerated their interest in using the service.

“The range of toys, from those that encourage make believe play to puzzles and board games to construction, is amazing and I find even my older children are catered for.”

Other recipients of this year’s Tindall Foundation funding in Taranaki include: Pregnancy Help Taranaki  Inc., Central  Taranaki  Blue  Light  Ventures, New Plymouth Emergency Shelter, New  Plymouth  Positive  Ageing  Trust,  On  The  House and Hawera Budget Advisory Service.