Scrapstore for West Sussex planned, Adur arts organisation’s most ambitious project to date

A district arts organisation is working on its most ambitious creative project to date, a scrapstore and activity space for West Sussex.

Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 2:35 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 2:43 pm

Over the Moon is a community arts non-profit company based in Shoreham and runs creative projects across the Adur district.

It was started in 2011 and evolved to become a community interest company (CIC) in 2017.

This week, it has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support its ambition to open The Scrap Space, ‘a fabulous circular economy community resource’ for the county.

Over the Moon director Emily Phillips launching the crowdfunder for The Scrap Store on Aviva Community Fund

Emily Phillips, director, said: “This will be a venue combining a scrapstore and activity space to encourage, inspire and enable creativity, sustainability and community.

“The scrapstore will redistribute clean and safe waste donated by businesses and individuals for creative reuse, such as for art, craft, play and DIY, and the activity space will run creative activity sessions for all ages and skill levels and be available for hire.

“Individuals, groups and organisations will be able to become scrapstore members and access materials in a cheap and environmentally-friendly way.”

There is already a small storage unit where smaller items of scrap are collected but the team is working on securing a suitable initial premises for The Scrap Space, at the same time as getting together as big a pot of funds to give the project the best start.

Over the Moon is fundraising towards the costs of setting up and running a premises for The Scrap Space, its most ambitious project to date

The CIC is also already selling packs of materials online and distributing them through Adur Gateway Community Hub.

Emily said: “We want to make The Scrap Space a welcoming community resource that is proudly part of the circular economy. We are passionate about getting people together, getting people creating and using what we already have to do so.

“We see repurposing whatever we can get our hands on as an enjoyable challenge and a springboard for creativity. We just think it makes sense to have this mindset so we can better look after our planet. Even better, if we can do this together in the community, it’s a great way to connect with people.”

Over the Moon is fundraising towards the costs of getting the venue up and running. Visit www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/thescrapspace for more information and to make a donation.

The Scrap Space is a new project by Adur community arts non-profit Over the Moon, bringing a combined scrapstore and creative community activity space to West Sussex

The CIC would also like to hear from anyone who would like to donate scrap or volunteer with the project. Details of the types of scrap that can currently be accepted can be found at www.weareoverthemoon.org/thescrapspace or {https://www.facebook.com/thescrapspace/|on Facebook on The Scrap Space page.