East Vic Park: Noah’s Ark Toy Library rescued and relaunched with Activ merger

Emma Davis and daughter Imogene with Danielle Newport (Activ chief executive).
Emma Davis and daughter Imogene with Danielle Newport (Activ chief executive).

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 resided 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 impacting 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.

Activ Learning and Discovery Centre facilities.

“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-enableb 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 Activ 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 provided by the State for the transfer of management, relocation and refurbishment of the service.

Activ chief executive Danielle Newport said community recourses only survived if they were supported by community and it was clear the merger to rescue the Toy Library was one that felt right.