Queensland’s gift to the community

Engineers Australia Queensland (EAQ)’s recent move to Adelaide Street has presented a unique opportunity to help out a community initiative on the rise.
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Queensland’s gift to the community

Pictured (left to right): Stacey Rawlings (General Manager, Engineers Australia Queensland) and Anh Tu (Director, Play Matters Toy Library and Therapy Centre).

 

Engineers Australia Queensland (EAQ)’s recent move to Adelaide Street has presented a unique opportunity to help out a community initiative on the rise.

EAQ’s accumulation of spare office furniture over the years came to a head during the decluttering stage of the move and through a stroke of good fortune, many unwanted items have found a new home.

The beneficiary of the desks, chairs, drawers, cabinets and a fridge is Play Matters Toy Library and Therapy Centre which is headed up by Director, Anh Tu.

Play Matters is an educational toy library and an early childhood intervention (ECI) support service.

The toy library will offer high-quality educational toys to enhance through play, children’s cognitive, social, emotional, language and physical development, while the ECI support service will offer therapeutic intervention for the families of children from birth to 8 years old with a disability or developmental delay.

Tu, an Occupational Therapist of 16 years, says the welcomed donations will go a long way in finalising the Moorooka-based facility.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to have a little organisation that brings the community together and help parents and their children in their journey of development,” said Tu.

“Just having this (donated) furniture will help us greatly to save us that money on initial furniture and will be something that’s already there for the families to come and use.

“Once we get the library set up, the focus will shift onto the therapy side of the organisation.”

EAQ General Manager, Stacey Rawlings, says she’s happy that the ex-office goods can be repurposed this way.

“It’s fantastic to be able to help contribute to Anh (Tu) and Play Matters’ cause,” said Rawlings. “It’s great to see our disused furniture end up in a place that needs it and not in general waste.”

The volunteer-run Play Matters recently obtained a venue from the Brisbane City Council and is planning to open the service to the community in 2020.

 

 

About Play Matters

Play Matters is an educational toy library and an early childhood intervention (ECI) support service.

The toy library will offer high quality educational toys to enhance through play, children’s cognitive, social, emotional, language and physical development. Families will be given support and advice on the benefits of using these educational toys in the development of child’s learning.

Play Matters, ECI support service will offer therapeutic intervention for the families of children from birth to 8 years old with a disability or developmental delay. Our services aim to support children with disabilities to grow and develop by providing support and resources that gives families of children with special needs the same choices, opportunities and experience for their children that other children receive.