Activ and Noah’s Ark have combined to revive a toy library, now called Activ Learning and Discovery Centre, in East Victoria Park.
ACTIV and Noah’s Ark have come full circle, uniting to open Activ Learning and Discovery Centre – a combined specialist library and toy service for people with disabilities and their families.
More than 40 years ago Activ and Noah’s Ark were based together in a Subiaco office before splitting off in different directions.
But the organisations’ recent merger has seen the successful rescue of the service provided by the former Noah’s Ark Toy Library in Morley, which closed in 2017, affecting more than 200 families.
Emma Davis was one of the service’s many users to email government officials and sign petitions in an attempt to re-establish the service. Ms Davis’ daughter Nina (4) has not been officially diagnosed but shows epileptic symptoms.
“We had been using Noah’s Ark for about three years, as Nina’s syndrome means she has low muscle tone and consequently is unable to use regular toys,” she said.
“Switch-enabled toys are extremely expensive, so to have been able to access them for free was so amazing. When Noah’s Ark closed, our family and many others I knew from playgroup were devastated, so it is definitely a blessing to have the service up and running again.”
The new learning and discovery centre will offer members access to information services, as well as a large collection of specialist books and play-based resources, with $75,000 from the State Government for the transition.
Activ chief executive Danielle Newport said community resources only survived if they were supported by the community and it was clear the merger to rescue the Toy Library was one that felt right.
Emma Davis and daughter Imogene with Activ chief executive Danielle Newport.