Wiltshire

Cash cut endangers Wiltshire Scrapstore's work

A Wiltshire-based charity says it will have to drastically curtail its activities after losing £150,000 of council contracts.

Wiltshire Scrapstore recycles rubbish to create art projects for children.

Wiltshire Council withdrew the contract because it says it can only concentrate on projects that help children with long-term support needs.

Jane Wheeler, of Wiltshire Scrapstore, said the loss of income puts two-thirds of the charity's work at risk.

School work

The charity, which has its HQ in Lacock, runs projects at 20 centres around the county and much of its work is with children who face exclusion from school.

Ms Wheeler said: "We feel in curtailing this work, [Wiltshire Council] is losing the opportunity for early intervention with these children.

"We're also a very environmental charity - saving things that would otherwise gone into landfill."

As well as the funding cut now, £200,000 of council work will be withdrawn next year.

Ms Wheeler said Wiltshire Scrapstore was now seeking increased sponsorship from private companies and hopes to do more work with individual schools.

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