All About Us
Work and Play Scrapstore is a registered charity that has been operating in the Wandsworth area for over 30 years. We promote the reuse of reclaimable or lost resources for environmental and community benefit. We pursue a wide range of initiatives in the furtherance of our Charitable objects and to raise funds for our work.
Our Scrapstore is a fantastic supermarket-style treasure trove presenting waste as arts and crafts materials to inspire creativity…paper and paint, textiles and trimmings, buttons and bubble wrap, wood and wondrous props, foam and fine wire and so much more…
Access to the Scrapstore is for our members who pay an economical membership fee. Our members can make unlimited visits to the store to collect materials at no additional cost once the membership fee is paid. All members must use materials for educational, artistic, play, creative, social or therapeutic activities or making items to be sold solely for charitable benefit. We do not supply individuals or companies who will sell on or use our materials only for commercial gain.
We always welcome new members and our current membership includes: schools, FE colleges, community groups, charities, students, home educators, families, workshops leaders, therapists and artists.
Scrapstore Opening Times & Access
We are open:
Tuesdays 11.30am - 8pm
Thursdays 11.00am - 5pm
Our premises is accessible for wheelchair users and disabled people.
Due to the nature of our supplies, there may be some sharp heavy obstacles in the store therefore:
it is an unsuitable environment for children under the age of 12 and we do not permit their access for Health and Safety reasons.
vulnerable young people and adults may need supervision in the Scrapstore.
We slow down the waste cycle by redirecting around 40 tonnes per year of waste and surplus otherwise destined for incineration or landfill.
Around 100 London and Southern-based businesses donate their waste to us regularly and approximately 150 households per year donate their re-useable waste to us.
Inspiring Artful Reuse
We encourage creativity through making things with what can be found through our myriad workshops, demonstrations and events for our members and their beneficiaries.
We mentor and provide opportunities for a variety of community artists and run our own artful reuse festival, ‘Hazelfest’ each year as part of Wandsworth Arts Fringe for our local estate community in Wandsworth
We offer volunteering opportunities for everybody and welcome volunteers irrespective of ability or background and value all contributions.
Our Corporate Volunteering days are very popular. We also welcome volunteers through volunteer agencies who wish to volunteer with us for one day only.
The majority of our ‘work’ is done by volunteers, equating to 2 full-time employed people per year.
Encouraging Corporate Social Responsibility
We offer a variety of opportunities for organisations to fulfill their CSR agenda including:
Donation of materials (waste and surplus) to us;
Team volunteering days;
Reuse arts and crafts workshops on company sites as part of team building or social events.