SCARF, which stands for The Schools and Community Arts Resource Facility, began running Community RePaint Black Country in 2005. Their store in Eastfield Community Site, Colliery Road, WV1 2QY operates on the same site as Eastfield Primary School.
Since opening, this innovative arts resource facility has supplied quality art and craft resources to the community, which have all been sourced from the waste products of local businesses that would be destined for landfill. They offer a variety of services as well as materials and paint, which includes creative workshops, craft packs, school projects and all the services are based around the environment and reuse.
SCARF was featured in the media in 2014 when a regular visitor, Stuart Bibb, created a Frozen Christmas light display to honour and fundraise for Daniel Evans who was receiving treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Children’s Charity. Stuart raised £750 in one week and you can see the light display in the pictures attached.
In 2016 they were featured on Channel 4 and had a visit from Kirstie Allsopp, as they were featured on the television programme Love It Or List It. SCARF Manager Krystyna said, “Kirsty was very complementary about our store and was excited to look through all of the paint and materials we stock, whilst being astounded by the fact they were all saved from ending up in landfill.”
They paint that is dropped off to them is full and part cans of paint from local businesses, retailers and traders meaning that they will sell a variety of paint that is suitable for most projects. They are open only during school term times on Tuesdays 2pm – 6pm and Wednesdays 1pm – 5pm. To get paint you can contact them through our website or visit during opening hours.