A scrapstore is an organisation which collects items that would otherwise be thrown away and uses them for art and craft projects, usually with children. They are a brilliant way to reuse materials which would otherwise be thrown away, while giving children lots of items to get creative with.
The materials may be supplied to schools, playgroups, holiday clubs, special needs groups and other community organisations. Some scrapstores even organise their own art activity sessions in school holidays. Others sell items to the general public online or in local shops to raise money to fund thier activities.
Some scrapstores will only accept donations from local businesses while some will accept donations from the general public. If you wish to donate materials to your local scrapstore it is best to contact the organisation in advance to check what types of material they will accept.
- Wiltshire Scrapstore and Resource Centre
The Wiltshire based Scrapstore has a Craft Shop, Library, SmArtcuts service, Training and Workshops, organises events for children and adults and offers an outreach service.
- Children's Scrapstore
Based in Bristol, they collect waste from local businesses and offer it to playworkers and teachers to take back to their groups. Through their shop Artrageous art and crafts, anyone can buy art materials and the proceeds support the Scrapstore.
- Play Resource Warehouse
County Antrim based charity which collects non-toxic waste from businesses to use as art and craft materials by children and young people.
- Swindon Scrapstore
Can use almost anything for arts and crafts with children. They also accept donations of clothes that are in good condition and office furniture. They run art and craft workshops for children and can ever organise an arty party!
- Milton Keynes Play Association
Accepts donations of fur, foam, felt, fabrics, card, plastics, productions cut-offs, clearance lines and discarded stock for use by playgroups, schools, nurseries, after school clubs, scouts & guides, church groups and children’s centres.
Derby Play and Recycling Centre
A Derby charity that recycles companies waste products into useable creative materials for use in scout groups, schools, commercial artists, and individuals..
- Dorset Scrapstore
Scrapstore based in Puddletown, Dorchester with a branch recently opened in Bournmouth. They collect materials for use by local schools, groups and families. They run workshops during the year for children and adults as well.
- Gloucestershire Resource Centre
Charity which collects non-toxic waste from businesses (cards, paper, fabrics, felt, foam, plastic, wood etc.) to use as art and craft materials in schools, community groups or for individual members to use.
Scrapstores UK maintain a complete directory of all the scrapstores in the UK.
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