The Play & Leisure Opportunity Library is a unique project based in Swansea, South Wales and the first play and leisure library for children and adults with a disability in the UK. We are a registered charity providing specialist toys and leisure equipment through a lending library service. The library is open to individuals and families in the community as well as centres, clubs and professionals such as Teachers, Support Workers, Childminders or Foster Carers who support children or adults with a disability.
For a small annual fee, members can access a range of over 500 items including multi sensory and specialist equipment. Library stock can be borrowed for a month at a time, or longer by arrangement. We offer a limited collection and delivery service to members living in the Swansea area but everyone is welcome to join wherever you live. You’ll need to visit us at the library to borrow toys or equipment. We also offer therapeutic play sessions, advice and lots of support for members to learn, develop new skills and enjoy life to the full.
Originally set up as a Community Group, by volunteers, based in Brynmelyn Community Centre.
Moved premises, to The Play Resource Centre, Llansamlet and started to run Stay and Play sessions for the first time. Our website was also set up this year.
Incorporation of the Charity, resulting in a change of charity number, but a continuation of the same great service.
Moved to The Mary Cave Centre in Manselton, with an additional service launched at Hafan y Môr, the new Swansea Children’s Development Centre. Gained a presence on Twitter.
Moved to Forge Fach Community Resource Centre in Clydach and celebrated our 10th Anniversary with a Charity Ball at The Swansea Marriott.
The day to day of the Play & Leisure Opportunity Library is run by a small, dedicated team of individuals. Our permanent staff can be seen below.
We also have an array of volunteers that support some of the sessions.
PLOL is managed by a small, dedicated group of Directors, who volunteer their time to manage and support this service…
Dean was born in Swansea and grew up in Bonymaen. He studied at Swansea University before finishing his media degree in Bristol.
He has worked as a journalist for Swansea Sound, BBC and ITV and over the past decade has travelled all over the world covering major events.
“I was asked to become patron of The Play and Leisure Opportunity Library in 2016 and I am proud to be associated with this wonderful charity and the amazing service it provides to adults, parents and children in the community.”