Students at the City of Wolverhampton College are being given the chance to work in an innovative creative business, thanks to the launch of a new craft centre.

SCARF – The School and Community Arts Resources Facility – is launching a new recycling craft centre at City of Wolverhampton College’s Paget Road Campus on June 25.

The craft pack store will sell art and craft kits put together from the waste products of local businesses, suitable for creative projects for all ages. These include materials such as plastic, fabric, tiles, foam blocks, feathers, ribbons and tubes.

The not-for-profit social enterprise will give students a live experience of working in a successful business. They will have the opportunity to get involved in many areas of the company, including marketing; customer services; product design and development as well as supporting the running creative workshops.

The store will be the second centre for SCARF, who already have a base at Eastfield Primary School, Colliery Road.

Manager Krystyna Sochacki, has been employed by the college for nine years as an Art and Design lecturer and assessor and also works as a lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton. She said: “I’m excited to be partnering SCARF and the college to support opportunities and training for students, giving them valuable experiences and skill sets for the future.

“SCARF is heavily used by schools, colleges, universities, community groups and families across the Midlands, so it will be a wonderful opportunity to have a second site to broaden accessibility to provisions.

“We look forward to exciting times ahead!”

Curriculum Manager for Creative Arts Michael Dixon says about the project “It’s a pleasure to be working with SCARF in their new venture, giving our students the opportunity to gain valuable insight and work experience in Community Arts.”

SCARF is Wolverhampton’s ethical arts and crafts supplier. For 10 years it has been up-cycling good-quality materials from businesses, to be reused in arts and education across the Midlands.

The launch takes place in collaboration with the End of Year Art and Design Show on the evening of 25th June 2015.

The new premises will not have Community RePaint paint available, as yet, but will promote the paint at the original scheme:

Community RePaint Black Country
SCARF Enterprises
Kryssy Sochacki
Eastfield Community Site
Colliery Road
01902 558603
Open in school term Tue 2pm-6pm, Wed 1pm-5pm

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