Sutherland Shire Toy Restoration Centre seeks more seniors to repair toys and work in shop

Norma Nichols “thoroughly enjoys” working at the Sutherland Shire Toy Restoration Centre, but says it can be tiring when there is a shortage of volunteers.

“We go home and have to have a nanny nap,” she said with a laugh.

Mrs Nichols, the president of the Jannali centre which recycles old toys and gives the proceeds to local charities, was appealing for more seniors to fill gaps that have occurred recently.

Membership is open to retired seniors.

“We have about 30 volunteers but we are looking for more, both men and women,” she said.

“We particularly need more ladies for the shop.

“It would be good to have three ladies each day but sometimes I am there by myself and it can get very tiring.”

Mrs Nichols, who has volunteered at the centre since 2006, said it provided a pleasant outlet for seniors who could use their skills in a convivial environment.  

“There is always plenty of tea, coffee and chatting as well as working with toys,” she said.

”Some of the men have said it saved them after their wife died.

“Men don’t usually talk about their own problems but this is a place where they can get it out of their system.”

Mrs Nichols said the centre was always in need of more used toys and bikes, which were cleaned and repaired before being sold.

“The $26,000 donated by the centre to charities last year reflected the enthusiasm of the great team we have here.”

Volunteers can work just one day a week, and the hours are 8.30 am to 1.30 pm from Monday to Thursday along with the first Saturday of each month.

Further information: 9528 4024.