Support for Scrapstore

February 01 2018

THE PLAY Room at the Children's Scrapstore in St Werburghs is set to benefit from a cash windfall thanks to a supermarket.

THE PLAY Room at the Children's Scrapstore in St Werburghs is set to benefit from a cash windfall thanks to a supermarket.

The Co-Op in Gloucester Road, Ashley Down has selected the charity to benefit from its Local Community Fund scheme.

Funds collected will be spent on developing the Scrapstore's Play Room to ensure that local groups, including schools, can better access the space. Plans are also afoot to offer the space to local marginalised groups, and to ensure that disabled and non disabled people have equal access to the facility. 

"It will mean that groups can access the space uniquely and be self contained, which is important when working with vulnerable groups and children," said Louise Taylor, events assistant.

The Play Room already hosts under 5s Make a Mess sessions and the more recent Mini Makers, a more structured weekly session for pre-schoolers as well as a programme of artist-led holiday workshops during school breaks. 

Children's Scrapstore collects safe waste from business which can be re-used by members such as schools, playgroups, childminders and youth theatre groups.

Children's Scrapstore has been expanding activities for the community, including  monthly creative workshops for adults.

Louise said there are further plans for 2018 and the renovation of the Play Room would play a crucial part: "We plan to run making sessions for older adults as research tells us that opportunities to explore, create and socialise have a positive impact on wellbeing.W ith more funding, we will increase the free workshops that we can offer the over 8s, and join the momentum of nationwide cultural initiatives like the Arts Award."