Swindon Children’s Scrapstore is a registered environmental charity set up in 1985 which acts as a Sustainability and Community Resource Centre for local people.
Working with local business groups, the Scrapstore enables the diversion of waste, otherwise destined for landfill, by making it available to local people and community groups such as schools, nurseries and arts organisations through art, educational and recreational activity, ‘Turning Waste Things into Playthings’. Scrapstore is an Aladdins Cave full of all kinds of treasures donated by local businesses and individuals, from tiles and tape, paper and picture frames, fabric and foam, to stationery and household paint.
The damaging impact on the environment of re-usable material is sustainably reduced through play and learning activities for the benefit of the Swindon community. Swindon Children’s Scrapstore benefits over 40,000 children and young people in Swindon each year through our services and resources.
As part of the Scrapstores development and expansion we are opening a Scrapstore Arts & Crafts Shop in the tented market on Tuesday 4th May, selling a variety of art and craft materials such as: childrens paints, brushes, glues, air hardening clay, clay cutters, mod roc, face masks, paint sets, sponges, coloured paper, pens, pencils, activity packs and more…..we also offer a range of gifts for birthdays, weddings and other occasions.
Scrapstore has secured funding through the Department of Work and Pensions ‘Future Jobs Fund’ to create new jobs for young people who have been long term unemployed in Swindon.
The Scrapstore Arts and Craft Shop will provide employment and volunteering opportunities for young people and foster a greater understanding and respect between the participants, helping to develop a sense of responsibility and commitment to community development among young people.
The young people will benefit from a growing sense of social inclusion, which is of great personal benefit, they benefit from an increased sense of self-worth and self-esteem, increased confidence, communication skills and motivation. The project will help to develop leadership, planning and problem-solving skills, and a chance to work together to create positive change in their communities. The young people will work together, inspire and support each other to maximise the potential for youth leadership.
‘Olivia McCann’ Project Manager said “ Young people can use this project to build up their skills and confidence, learn useful skills that will look good on a CV or a college or university application and give them a chance to better themselves and make positive changes in their lives”.
Opening times are Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm, for more information please visit: www.scrapstore.co.uk or contact the Scrapstore on 01793 513982 or contact the Project Manager direct on 07739023290.