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Facelifts & fortunes at Work & Play Scrapstore in Tooting

Facelifts & fortunes at Work & Play Scrapstore in Tooting

Work & Play Scrapstore

Work and Play Scrapstore (WaPS) – the Tooting-based re-use charity which promotes artful re-use of of donated surplus/waste materials – has had a makeover and enjoyed a fantastically successful year. General Manager Sascha Taylor has all the details...

Scrapstore’s front door inside the Hazelhurst Estate now brandishes an original artwork from local artist Airborne Mark. Moreover, Scrapstore has worked with another local artist, Jayson Singh, to brighten up the area underneath Hayesend House on the Estate, with the help of community residents.

Airborne Mark’s artwork

Jayson Singh led the project to add colour to the pillars on the Blackshaw Road side of the Estate, with residents painting their own murals in colourful Rangoli-style designs. Over 100 individual murals have been painted. In addition, an over-size chameleon has been painted on another exterior wall, by Airborne Mark.

Jayson Singh
Jayson Singh

The project closes a busy 12 months of community activity, with workshops, demonstrations and outreach locally, evidenced by the charity’s Annual Report & Accounts, released today (October 16th 2018).

For the financial year ended March 31st 2018, WaPS improved its performance on many measures:

  • We ’touched’ around 28,500 people with our materials, either through their group or school membership or through our outreach and volunteering activities, against 23,500 the previous year.
  • We diverted an estimated 37.282 tonnes of waste away from landfill or incineration, up from 31.896 tonnes of waste last year, representing a year-on-year increase of 17%.
  • Over 100 separate and green-minded London-based businesses donated their waste/surplus to us, compared with 80 the previous year.
  • We increased the number of discrete members/member groups to 430, up from 413 the previous year.
  • Some 2,008 separate visits were made this year, up 4% on the previous year.
  • We recorded a record 530 working days from volunteers, maintaining the previous year’s number
  • We reached an estimated 1,700 people with our outreach activities on 32 separate occasions, maintaining the figures for last year.
  • We staged Hazelhurst Estate’s first ever Green Festival, Hazelfest, in May 2017, which brought together over 20 separate local artists and creatives and around 200 participants from the Estate. We repeated that success this year.
  • Other ‘firsts’ that year included running a fundraising stall at the Richmond May Fair which generated £500 from selling our volunteers’ hand-made upcycled crafts and our sustainable arts and crafts materials. We also ran a stall at the the May Fair this year too.

“Our operational successes over the past year, with more tonnage of scrap and waste collected, more materials sorted and presented, more subscriber visits resulting in huge added value leaving the Scrapstore to take on new life as artistic and educational objects, is truly amazing,” said Patrick Moon, Chair of WaPS.

You can find our more about the Work and Play Scrapstore on their website and can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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