New Scrapstore In Sheffield Opens It's Doors
Our guest blogger is Yanina Koszalinski who is the scrapstore co-ordinator for Sheffield Out of School Network
In February, we opened our new Scrapstore at Edmund Road Business Centre. The scrapstore collects suitable waste materials donated by local businesses and manufacturers which then makes it available to individuals, groups and organisations that work with children and young people, diverting waste that would have gone to landfill or incineration to be reused for children’s play and creative activities
On Wednesday 4th June 2014 we joined scrapstores around the country to “open our doors” as part of Greek Week to raise awareness of who and what scrapstores are all about. Throughout the day over 90 visitors from community groups, schools and businesses that have donated materials, came along to meet our staff and volunteers and see the wide variety of materials we have in the scrapstore and how they are used for children’s play and creative activities. There was also an opportunity to take a look behind the scenes in our warehouse, where we store larger items and resources used in Scrapstore PlayPods™ based inschools across South Yorkshire and further afield.
Whilst visitors had a cup of tea and a bun, they were able to see a range of hand crafted items, made by scrapstore members and their children, from materials we have in the scrapstore. There were examples of handmade board games, including nine mens morris, which 2 visitors recognised and gave an impromptu demonstration of how to play it, to everyone in the refreshments area.
After a hectic day staff and volunteers at the scrapstore were all a little tired but enthused and energised by the positive feedback we received. As a new(ish) scrapstore, learning as we go along, the open day enabled us to meet new people,gain new members and show everyone the endless possibilities for using scrap and waste materials. We are still benefiting as every day, people are coming along to the scrapstore having heard about us from their friends or family.
The scrapstore is currently open Tuesdays 10am – 3pm
Wednesdays 2.30 – 5.30pm
Thursdays 10am – 3pm
We are situated at Unit 9 Edmund Road Business Centre, Sheffield S2 4ED, entrance to the car park is at the corner of Edmund Road and Charlotte Road.
Yanina Koszalinski - Sheffield Out of School Network Scrapstore Co-ordinator