New families welcome at toy centre

The Ark Toy and Activity Centre always welcomes new members.

Located at East Grampians Health Service, the Ark Toy and Activity Centre provides a borrowing service to people with special needs and their families, senior citizens and mothers and babies’ groups.

Ark Toy and Activity Centre Auxiliary president Kaye Chamings said the centre offers a wide range of toys and equipment, which are not only fun but which may also assist members to develop extra skills.

“There is an extensive range of items to choose from to enhance visual, communication, tactile and motor skills, which promote independence,” Mrs Chamings said.
Membership is open to people with special needs, their families and carers; groups for mothers and babies, and pre-school children; residents of Gorrinn House, Garden View Court and 70 Lowe Street; and kindergartens and schools.

Annual membership is just $10 for each family, while for groups and organisations it is $20.

Toys, games, puzzles and DVDs can be borrowed for four weeks, or longer in special circumstances.

“Members of the Auxiliary attend the Centre during the opening hours of 10am to 12 noon every Wednesday,” Mrs Chamings said.

“We would love to see some new members call in and browse through our wonderful range of toys, puzzles, games and DVDs.

“The Auxiliary helps raise funds for new equipment at the centre, as well as looking after the families and groups who attend on a weekly basis.”

For further information, call the Ark Toy and Activity Centre on 5352 9453 on Wednesdays between 10am and 12 noon.

Pictured above:  Ark Toy and Activity Centre president Kaye Chamings with Georgie, and Celia Tucker with James and Johnny