Variety Toy Bank
From inspiring guest speakers to glamorous fashion parades and gourmet food sensations, Variety Toy Bank’s sell-out events light up Perth’s social calendar, whilst also raising money, awareness and toys for WA kids in need.
All guests are asked to donate a new, unwrapped toy to the minimum value of $30 when they attend a Variety Toy Bank event. We also offer the option to purchase an experience instead of a toy, to give the gift of joy and create happy memories for a disadvantaged child.
The toys and experiences donated at every Toy Bank event are given to children in refuges who are forced to flee their homes due to domestic violence incidents. Each toy gives a child joy and hope, by showing that someone cares.
In 1994, a request was made to Variety – the Children’s Charity WA for toys to be given to children taken by their mothers from domestic violence situations and sheltered in women’s refuges. The result was the formation of Variety Toy Bank, a committee headed by the late Holly Wood, a dedicated community worker and social columnist for The Sunday Times. Variety Toy Bank events have become a highlight on Perth’s social calendar and regularly sell out. From inspiring guest speakers to glamorous fashion parades and gourmet food sensations, the Toy Bank Committee work to organise unique and entertaining events.
Variety Toy Bank, proudly supporting the Women’s Council for Domestic & Family Violence Services (WA)
Variety Toy Bank events have become a highlight on Perth’s social calendar and regularly sell out. From inspiring guest speakers to glamorous fashion parades and gourmet food sensations, the Toy Bank Committee work tirelessly to organise unique and entertaining events. Past guest speakers have included Neil Perry, Rob Guest, the Hon. Julie Bishop, Sigrid Thornton, Prof Fiona Woods, to name a few.
What We Do
Variety Toy Bank hosts a number of annual events that are highly anticipated in Perth’s social calendar. Each guest that attends a Variety Toy Bank Event is asked to donate an unwrapped new toy. The format of events often include a raffle, an auction and a guest speaker or highlight entertainment.
The Gift of a Toy
Since 1994, Variety Toy Bank has brought happiness to children who have escaped domestic violence situations and are being sheltered in women’s refuges. By giving the simple gift of a brand new toy to children in refuges around the state, Variety Toy Bank helps give children a reason to smile and hope, knowing that people care at an often traumatic time in their lives.
Variety Toy Bank now offers the option of donating an experience to children in need, to give the gift of joy and create happy memories for a disadvantaged child. Click here to donate an experience.
Funding of Programs
Significant Variety Toy Bank funds raised through raffles, auctions and direct donations at the functions also help to purchase resources for the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WCDFVS) programs. In recent years, funds raised by Variety Toy Bank have also provided essential resources for refuge workers to teach children about their right to feel safe, rebuild their sense of safety and equip them with the self-confidence and skills to hopefully break the cycle of violence.
Promoting Safety and Respect Program
Since 2004, the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA) has been delivering violence prevention education within WA high schools. As part of the national plan to reduce violence against women and their children, the Women’s Council received initial funding to build on this work through the Respectful Relationship agenda. As a result, an intensive ‘Whole of School’ approach to respectful relationship education and violence prevention has been developed and implemented by the Women’s Council.
In 2013 the Women’s Council worked in partnership with Kent Street Senior High School (KSSHS) to develop a long-term primary prevention program. The program focussed on community education and built on Kent Street’s existing health science and physical activity curriculum. The PRP addressed school culture as well as the beliefs, attitudes and behaviours of individual students and staff around intimate partner and teen dating violence.
The ‘Whole of School’ approach to respectful relationships worked with all elements of the school community including, people, culture, policy and practice. The key components to the ‘Whole of School’ approach were to establish the program logic, focus on the theory of change, develop the program design, and use evaluation methods to map the progress.
The Women’s Council acknowledges the support from Variety Toy Bank, which will enable this primary prevention to continue through the delivery of the Promoting Respect Project to yet another school in 2015
What You Can Do
Variety Toy Bank would not be able to positively impact the lives of disadvantaged children without the generous support of local businesses and individuals.
Attend a Function
Join us at one or more of our functions each year, register your details via the website to ensure you receive our invites. Get a group of friends together for a fun enjoyable day, to support Variety Toy Bank, participate in our generous raffles, auctions, door prizes to help this worthy cause.
Donate a Toy
Bring along a new unwrapped toy that is then collected and taken to the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services and then distributed among the 39 Women’s refuges around Western Australia. Toy World Subiaco have been long term generous sponsors of Toy Bank who provide a discount on toys purchased for our events. Toys are delivered on your behalf to the events.
Looking for Ideas? If you are looking for ideas on what to purchase as your toy or gift, here are some ideas direct from the refuges.
Store Vouchers – Vouchers for stores that are found in rural areas are of real value because it is difficult and costly to send toys to these areas. Vouchers are able to be cashed in for much needed toys for the children. Refer below to the list of stores found in rural areas.
Musical Instruments – Including simple instruments such as xylophones and good quality small drums.
Vouchers for AQWA/Scitech/Bowling/Movies. When children are going through difficult times it is great to be able to take them on outings so that they can have pleasant experiences.
Items for Teenage Girls and Boys – Teenagers have very different needs to younger children. Great items include iTunes vouchers.
Sporting Equipment – The children benefit greatly from being able to exercise and play team games, sporting equipment is very much appreciated.
Hand Puppets from Protective Behaviours WA – These and other PB Resources would need to be purchased first and then donated. They can be found at this website www.protectivebehaviourswa.org.au
Become a Sponsor
Opportunities are available to sponsor our events, programs and prizes. We welcome support at all levels from goods and services to monetary donations. Contact us to find out more on how you can become a sponsor.
Variety Toy Bank Committee
Dr Anne Aly MP – Ambassador
The Honourable Kim Beazley AC Governor of Western Australia – Patron