WAPS Welcomes Wandsworth's Mayor

We were thrilled to welcome Cllr Nicola Nardelli, the Mayor of Wandsworth, to the Scrapstore yesterday for a visit. We’re obviously very proud of what we do, and it was great to be able to show it off to such a VIP! Catherine accompanied her on a tour of the Scrapstore, and tells us all about it below.

Madame Mayor was greeted by Lucy, our Chair of Trustees, and Kayla, one of our newest volunteers, with a bouquet of artificial flowers she had made. Although she was not quite sure what to expect, she was very intrigued to come to a place that sounded so unusual; she was amazed at what she found and couldn’t quite believe her eyes. As well as volunteers, we were also joined by some of our members and supporters, including Jane from Bridge Lane Nursery, Maryanne and Beth from Smallwood School, and Liz Hickson from Wandsworth’s Family Information Service.

She was very interested in finding out about our volunteers and who they were, why they volunteered and what skills they had. We talked about how everybody brought their own skills and the value of having volunteers from 18-80 - 18 year olds to keep us in touch with the ‘modern world’ and 80 year olds to pass on knowledge of the more traditional crafts that may have skipped a generation. She was especially interested in our glamorous young volunteer Claudia offering a crochet workshop.