For release: Friday 1 July 2022
Popular charity project set to close
A beloved creative project in Worcester has announced it is set to close permanently. WRE, Worcestershire Resource Exchange, is an Aladdin’s cave of clean and safe waste materials collected from a range of local industries and businesses, diverting it from landfill, making it available to members as a creative resource for projects.
Materials change constantly but often it has paper, felt, cardboard, shiny film, sticky-backed plastic, foam, plastic cups, fabrics, tubing and more.
The project has faced many issues recently, with the Covid 19 pandemic and with its current premises and has been unable to open to the public for over a year.
The project did some trade online during this time and has been supported by its parent organisation, the Duckworth Worcestershire Trust, an environmental charity established by the late Cecil Duckworth CBE. WRE was set up originally as the Worcester Scrap House project, an initiative with City and County council support, before the Trust took it on solely in 2009.
The Trust has been trying to secure new premises for the project over the last few years and had managed to secure a brand-new city centre location but needed to find additional warehousing, for that to be viable. Sadly, the search has proved unsuccessful, and the charity can no longer afford to support the staff and running costs.
Roisin Hanks, Project Manager for DWT, stated that WRE was such a vibrant, colourful project with amazing resources, which brought joy to its members and customers and that its closure would be a disappointment and shock to many.
Roisin Hanks, DWT Project Manager
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