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Community Playlink - Swaythling Neighbourhood Centre

We are a small charity organisation, supported by Southampton City Council.

We run weekly “open access” toy libraries, free for children 0-14 years and their families. We also offer Toy Loaning Schemes to childminders, Parent and Toddler groups, Nurseries and voluntary groups across the city,

“Playtime” sessions are held at Swaythling Neighbourhood Centre every Wednesday 10:30 – 11:30.

How does it work? Who can join?

The Toy Library works like a book library you borrow toys and play equipment then return them within the stated time. Membership and loans are freely available to anyone living in Southampton area. Parent, carers, professionals, and groups can register to borrow toys and equipment.

We can also arrange bulk loans for group hire and party hire, for a small charge.

Please contact Elaine Buckland (Administrative coordinator) or Rob Iliffe (Toy Librarian).

Who to contact

Contact Name
Rob Iliffe
Contact Position
Toy Librarian
023 8033 5362
07483 303565
Community Playlink
Charity number

Elaine Buckland, Administrative coordinator, Swaythling Neighbourhood Centre, Hampton Park Way, off Broadlands Road, Swaythling, Southampton, SO17 3AT

Where to go

Swaythling Neighbourhood Centre
Hampton Park Way (off Broadlands Road)
SO17 3AT
Children's Centre Areas
Swaythling Hampton Park

We moved to Swaythling Neighbourhood Centre in September 2018. There is now a new Toy Library service operating each Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00am to 2:00pm, and Saturday 10:00-12:00.

Toy Libraries are also available at the following locations:

Clovelly Children's Centre 60 - 68 Clovelly Rd, Newtown, SO14 0QF  

Pickles Coppice Children's Centre, Windermere Avenue, Millbrook, SO16 9QX 

Weston Community Library (YMCA), SO19 9GH 

Ashby Centre (SureStart), Stratton Road, SO15 5QZ 

Swaythling SureStart Centre, Bassett Green Primary Sch, SO16 3BZ 

*Please see website for further details*


Time / Date Details

Session Information
Tuesday 10:00 - 2:00pm
Wednesday 10:00 - 2:00pm
Saturday 10:00 - 1:00pm

Other Details


Table of costs
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Age Ranges
From 0 years 0 months to 14 years 0 months

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