Swindon Scrapstore has opened an office furniture reuse shop in the town centre selling quality yet affordable second-hand to all members of the public.
In May 2012 the Scrapstore secured £20,000 funding over a two year period from the Lloyds TSB Foundation to set up the Office Furniture Reuse Project, to support local people, schools, community groups and charities with the opportunity to access quality office furniture such as computer desks, pedestals, filing cabinets, storage units, computer chairs, meetings chairs and I.T equipment.
Scrapstore manager Olivia McCann, pictured by Richard Wintle of Calyx, said: "Over the past two years the project has provided employment and work experience opportunities for young people aged 16 to 24 years old.
"The Scrapstore has employed 3 apprentices and provided training and support to 40 additional young people helping them to gain skills, qualifications, increased self-esteem and confidence empowering them to move forward in their lives and gain employment.
"We are currently looking to recruit another apprentice to work in the shop so if there are any young people between the age of 16 – 18 years that would like to apply, please contact the Scrapstore."
The Swindon Children’s Scrapstore was set up in 1985 to provide the Swindon community with clean, quality, low cost resources for reuse in creative and educational play. We stock paper, card, fabric, toys, books, tiles, carpet and lino, CD’s and DVDs plastic pots, office stationery, rope, netting and much more. Due to the demand from local businesses to donate their redundant office furniture we decided to set up the project and it has been very successful.
It collects clean redundant reusable materials, diverting them from landfill whilst saving businesses money on their waste disposal costs and protecting the environment. In the past year the Scrapstore has diverted over 100 tonnes of reusable resources from landfill back into reuse for the benefit of the local community.
These resources are taken back to the Scrapstores main store in Elgin Industrial Estate, Swindon and made available to the local community.
During the past two years of the project we have redistributed 1184 items of reusable office furniture to local schools, charities, small business, community organisations and local people saving them money and at the same time diverting these reusable items from landfill sites.
Through the Scrapstore Office Furniture Reuse Project companies can donate their redundant corporate equipment such as I.T and furniture. Companies have a real opportunity to demonstrate their core environmental values thereby improving the lives of our local community.
If you are a business or company that is down-sizing, relocating or unfortunately in a position of closing your down, get in touch with Scrapstore to come and collect your furniture and I.T equipment diverting it from landfill and supporting good causes locally.
Olivia added: "The Scrapstore cuts out expensive recycling costs through reuse, we are environmental charity and we aim to make office furniture affordable for local people to purchase and at the same time providing a service to local businesses who are looking to donate their redundant office furniture.
"The Scrapstore Office Furniture Reuse Project is working to “change the perception of waste”, and gives businesses the opportunity to redistribute office furniture, to genuinely improve the quality of life of young people ‘Not in Education, Employment or Training’.
"When you purchase office furniture through our retail store you are helping to support our work”.
You can buy direct from the shop at 73 Regent Street, Swindon, SN1 1LA and local delivery can be arranged.
Opening Times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11.00am – 4.00pm.
For more information please contact: Olivia McCann on Tel: 01793 513982 / 07739023290 or mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Images by Richard Wintle of Calyx