Wiltshire Scrapstore - European Social Fund National Award Winner

Wiltshire Scrapstore - European Social Fund National Award Winner

Wiltshire Scrapstore and Reuseful UK are thrilled to announce that Wiltshire Scrapstore have been awarded the European Social Fund Award (ESF). Wiltshire Scrapstore is a small community-based environmental charity that makes the planet greener and also helps people to use learning to improve their lives.

 The European Social Fund was set up to:

  • improve employment opportunities in the European Union and help raise standards of living
  • help people to get better skills and better job prospects
  • help equip the workforce with the skills needed by business in a competitive global economy

ESF supports projects that contribute to local growth and complement other EU and national funding. It targets and responds directly to the employment and diverse skills needs of businesses and people in communities around the country. It supports Member States’ employment and skills policies and contributes to the Europe 2020 strategy for jobs and growth and it aims to help people fulfil their potential by giving them better skills and better job prospects.

Wiltshire's funding from the European Social Fund Community Grant was used to benefit fifteen learners who were furthest removed from the workplace, whether because of an emotional or physical disability, through lack of educational opportunity or special educational needs.

Wiltshire Scrapstore's training programme for their volunteers give them opportunities within the charity to build their own skill-base, increase their confidence and enable them to meet their full potential. The Scrapstore collects resources that would otherwise go to landfill and redistributes them for creative projects of all kinds, from arts and crafts to DIY. They also educate the local community on recycling, reusing and upcycling to help reduce the impact on the environment.

Five learners have completed the programme so far, three of whom continue to volunteer and another is in part-time work. One learner has proved so successful that they had to leave the program early to take up a full time job. This just goes to show how well the team are doing.

One of the learners, James Harrison, said: “Working on the learning programme at the Scrapstore has made a big difference to my life and has made me feel more positive about myself and my abilities. My communication skills have improved in particular which has been a huge confidence boost. I have Asperger’s syndrome and I’m partially deaf, so communicating in a workplace environment is something that is challenging for me.”

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Has this success story inspired you? Or has this story made you think about how YOU can get involved at your local store? You can find out where your nearest Scrapstore is today by visiting our website and using the search facility to find your local store. Pop into your local store and see some of the great things that are happening in your local area.