Rainbows Appeal for Help to Open Community Toy Library

2nd Stoke Gifford Rainbows are looking for engineers, carpenters, glaziers and cast iron welders to help them renovate a disused phone box in Stoke Gifford. Once the box is repaired, the girls plan to fill it with good quality second hand toys and books for children in the local community to borrow.

In December 2017 the Rainbows visited the North Bristol Foodbank and learned that not all children were as fortunate as themselves. During a Rainbow chat, the girls decided they wanted to do something more long term, and thought of collecting toys and books.

There is a disused red telephone box near the Rainbows’ meeting place, and one of the leaders discovered they could be adopted and put to use by communities. After discussion with the Parish Council, a local engineer provided a free survey of the box, recommending repairs which would allow the box to be a safe, water tight library.

If the Rainbow group can find the right people to help, their plan is to renovate the box, and then decorate it with monthly themes – creating a talking point in the village that not only spreads the word about Girlguiding, but also provides a useful service for families in the area.

Ruth, aged 6, said: “Visiting the foodbank made me think about other children. I want to help them and everyone should have toys to play with”

Michelle, Assistant Leader, said: “We work hard with the girls to encourage them to think about their community. This is a perfect way for them to do something visible and positive in their area, and something to be proud of for years to come. We really hope people will be able to come forward and help us make the girls’ ideas a reality”.

Any offers of help should be sent to [email protected]

Back to news