Project winning war on waste...

Creative capers at the SCRAP Centre.

Creative capers at the SCRAP Centre.

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A project which helps turns waste into wondrous creations is celebrating its first anniversary since moving into new and bigger premises.

SCRAP – the Centre of Reuse, Play and Learning – has been diverting non-toxic business waste from landfill for the past nine years, making it available to schools, community groups and individuals for creative reuse, play and learning.

But in March last year the social enterprise, formerly based on Kirkstall Road, teamed up with Leeds City Council’s Leeds Early Years Improvement Team and relocated to Sunnybank Mills in Farsley.

And since moving into the historic mill it has diverted more than 80 tonnes of business waste from landfill – almost double the amount of waste than in previous years.

Louise Lucas, SCRAP founder and director, said: “We’re now able to offer arts, play and learning workshops and sessions for children, schools, families and adults held in our centre with a growing team of arts practitioners.”

The centre also has a huge warehouse-style low-cost store selling everything from old contact lenses to polythene sheets, bobbins, ribbons, felt and carpet samples, to help youngsters unleash their creative sides at home.

Funding obtained through Leeds Community Foundation in 2013 enabled SCRAP to make the move last year, employ six new staff, engage four directors, seven volunteers and 11 freelance artists and playworkers.

Louise said: “We are delighted that, in taking that bold step a year ago, we are well on our way to being a self-sustaining social enterprise which will divert more waste, employ more people and offer high quality services to a wider range of people and organisations.”

For children’s workshops go to www.scrapstuff.co.uk.

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