Children get crafty with scrap

Youngsters get creative at SCRAP at Sunny Bank Mills. Pictured from left, Billy Cannan, Sophia Boocock, Priya Ray and Faye Quayle.
Youngsters get creative at SCRAP at Sunny Bank Mills. Pictured from left, Billy Cannan, Sophia Boocock, Priya Ray and Faye Quayle.
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Old contact lenses, polythene sheets and bobbins are helping youngsters unleash their creative sides.

A crafty organisation is going around the city to collect unwanted business waste in an effort to help children harness the power of play.

SCRAP, which was set up nearly eight years ago, has moved to a new premises in west Leeds and they are hoping to inspire hundreds of youngsters to show case their artistic flair.

The company, which was founded by Louise Lucas, has set up shop in Sunny Bank Mills, in Farsley, and they have pledged their support to Leeds’s vision to become one of the most Child Friendly cities in the country.

Louise said: “We are helping to divert waste from businesses, such as paper and felt, to go for play and education.

“It is a place where children can play, create and let their imaginations run wild and they absolutely love it here.”

The group were recently awarded cash from Leeds Community Foundation to enable them to expand and reach out to more children.

The social enterprise hopes that their new base at the historic mill will help them become a centre of creative reuse, play and learning.

Louise added: “It is a bit of a treasure really and we run workshops on a Saturday and during the school holidays.

“There are a lot of fun things going on here.”

Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children’s services, praised SCRAP’s efforts to supporting the city’s Child Friendly Leeds initiative.

She added:“We are very happy that SCRAP have been able to relocate to this fantastic premises.

“They provide a very unique service for children and families promoting creativity and creative learning through play and exploration. It will be a centre for excellence in creative reuse and early years teaching as well as supporting our vision for a child friendly city.”

Businesses and organisations across the city are being urged to show their support for Child Friendly Leeds.

We have teamed up with Leeds City Council to help give children the best possible starts in life.

The YEP is throwing down the gauntlet to organisations to give their assurances they will provide opportunities to brighten the prospects for every child living in Leeds.

Over 100 businesses have already shown their support to Child Friendly Leeds - whether it is using the branding on their website, making sure they have work experience opportunities or opening up their offices to young people.

To pledge support to Child Friendly Leeds visit

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