A Swindon environmental charity, which enables waste items to be reused as art and crafts is marking its twenty-fifth this year.
Swindon Children’s Scrapstore now has a creative arts and crafts shop in the town centre tented market for people who find it difficult to visit their resource centre at Cheney Manor.
Collecting anything from curtains to cardboard, pots to plastic widgets, Scrapstore re-purposes around 60 tonnes of ‘waste’ a year explained Desmond Keville. “We collect redundant, reusable, materials from businesses for the benefit community groups like playschools, brownies and youth clubs. We give people the chance to turn waste things into play things through art, educational and recreational activities.
“We also educate children, parents, childminders, play leaders and play professionals about re-using and recycling. By collecting clean, reusable waste, we divert tonnes of rubbish from landfill every year.
“It doesn’t matter whether you’re a nursery nurse, a teacher, a church group, a student, or an OAP, you’re welcome to come and use our facilities on a pay-as-you-go basis.”
Groups who use a lot of materials can join a membership scheme with reduced prices. See www.scrapstore.co.uk for details, including opening times at Cheney Manor and the tented market.
The Children’s Scrapstore is helping local boxer Ricky Porter send materials to Ghana by collecting children’s books, cuddly toys, CD players, musical instruments, games, and laptops and computers in good condition.