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What is a Scrapstore?

A Scrapstore is a place where individuals and businesses can donate items they no longer need so that schools, playgroups, holiday clubs, special needs groups and other community organisations can use them for art and craft activities.

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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 materials to get creative with.

These 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.

Can I Donate To A Scrapstore?

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.

Scrapstores in the UK

  • Wiltshire Scrapstore and Resource Centre ia a Wiltshire based Scrapstore which 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, Cildren's Scrapstore collects 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 is a 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 is a charity that recycles companies waste products into useable creative materials for use in scout groups, schools, commercial artists, and individuals..
  • Dorset Scrapstore is 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 is a 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.

Reuseful maintain an extensive directory of all the scrapstores in the UK.

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