SCRAPSTORE, Swindon is a low cost community resource centre and environmental charity that is home to a multitude of projects dedicated to releasing the untapped potential of all things, people and possibilities.
An Aladdin's cave of materials ready to stimulate your imagination. From crafts to furniture, reclamation to DIY and play - SCRAPSTORE has something for you.
We are interested in any materials or items that can be used in an art, craft, DIY, reclamation or play context. So long as all materials are clean, safe and suitable all it takes is a call to confirm and we are more than capable of taking large quantities off your hands even clearing whole offices and stockpiles!
The more colourful and unusual the better, particularly with regard to paper, fabrics and plastics. If you can deliver, great! If not, call and we will arrange a convenient collection. Do something amazing today and get in touch.
We are open to any member of the general public and support schools, community groups, child-minders, nurseries, colleges, students, youth groups, after-school clubs, crafters, art and drama groups, to name only a few. Our aim is to provide access for all to low cost creative materials, inspiration and resources. Whoever you are there will be a SCRAPSTORE for you.
Swindon Scrapstore is a fantastic place for local parents, childrens workers or community groups on fixed budgets to find resources. I have been a member for 3 months, but have already found some great things that are not available in regular shops or the alternative would have cost lots of money. I have discovered bits & pieces for a reward chart for my son, birthday party bags and games, made magnetic pictures & glove puppets, planted trays of seeds and put netting over our little vegetable patch.
Our next project is to create our own Olympic games, so we are using leftover cones from spools of wool, bottle tops, etc to make sports cones, horse jumps and targets most of the materials would otherwise have been thrown away by companies as defective for their purpose or a by-product of manufacture. As a previous employee of a local company that has supplied waste to Swindon Scrapstore, I know that these good quality resources will otherwise end up in a skip, but a little bit of imagination recycles them into a game or a craft or a new use at very little cost to a local family or group.
Mrs L. Gough - Tweed Close, Haydon Wick
I have worked now for Kingsdown School for nearly 7 years and was introduced to Swindon Scrapstore early on in my employment. As Design Technology Technician I work predominately in Food Technology, Textiles and Art . I have found Swindon Scrapstore invaluable over the years offering inspiration and resource to aid and compliment teaching and enhance the education of the pupils studying at the school. It is not unheard of for me to bring a boot load of goodies back to school ranging from fabrics, acrylics, cardboard, paint and unusual things that might come in handy! Art are always in need of pots, odds and ends tubes and the like to make create and just have fun with.
Having this resource to hand gives the opportunity to offer a more unique selection of materials for the students, helps towards our financial budget all on an ethical platform in aid of a good cause and reducing land fill to boot. I am happy with the service and would highly recommend it to others.
Lizzie Chick, DT Technician - Kingsdown School, Swindon