(…the serious stuff!)
Dorset Scrapstore is a non-for-profit charity which relies on donations, grant funding and the efforts of a team of dedicated volunteers in order to exist.
Money from the sale of materials is ploughed back into our operating costs, such as shop rent, salaries of our three part-time employees, and the cost of running our haggard van (and keeping our not-so haggard van driver in tea and biscuits!)
We are governed by a Board of Trustees drawn from industry, education and the voluntary sector.
Dorset Scrapstore started in 1999 at Kingston Maurward College. The main warehouse moved to Puddletown shortly after this and we ran a Scrapstore at this site until April 2016.
After building up our customer base on the west side of Dorset we opened a second branch in Poole in November 2010. Our Poole store (previously at Remploy in Alder Hills) was forced to relocate to The Factory Studios in Boscombe in October 2012 when Remploy ceased operations due to government cuts. Business boomed during our stay in Boscombe but after 3½ years we were asked to find a new home so that vital building renovations could be undertaken.
In April 2016 we moved back to the same building we came from in Alder Hills, Poole! It has been extensively renovated by BCHA into a social enterprise hub called The Factory, which is our current home. We are housed in a different room than our previous stint, which is a much larger and better suited space. With the closure of our Puddletown store we increased our opening hours and have made our new-old Poole store much more accessible and user-friendly. Our move has been very well received by new and existing members alike and we are looking forward to our most successful trading period ever!
We are always excited to hear from people who would like to get involved with us, through donating time, materials or expertise. So what are you waiting for – Get Involved!!!