RefNoX1016
TitleMiscellaneous Records relating to Sheffield Environmental / Green / Recycling Campaign Organisations
AdminHistoryThis collection relates to records of different Sheffield Environmental / Green / Recycling Campaign Organisations in which the donor was involved, namely the following:

1) Sheffield Friends of the Earth
2) Sheffield Community Recycling Action Programme Ltd (SCRAP)
3) Cot-age "Child Safety and Nursery Equipment" Association.

Sheffield Friends of the Earth:

Sheffield Friends of the Earth was established in February 1974 by a group of local like-minded ecologists and was one of the first Friends of the Earth 'local groups' affiliated to the national organisation.

Since its inception Sheffield Friends of the Earth has been involved in various environmental campaigns. The objects of the group (according to a draft constitution dated Aug 1983) were as follows:

a) To promote and effect the conservation, restoration and rational use of the environment worldwide but with particular reference to the area of Sheffield and district.

b) To support any person, body or organisation in furthering the conservation, restoration and rational use of the environment.

c) To disseminate information amongst the public concerning such conservation, restoration and rational use of the environment.

The Sheffield Friends of the Earth established its headquarters at CVS House, 69 Division Street, Sheffield.


Sheffield Recycling Action Programme Ltd (SCRAP):

Sheffield Friends of the Earth worked closely alongside SCRAP (Sheffield Recycling Action Programme Ltd) - a registered charity and voluntary organisation (established in September 1988) which aimed to assist voluntary and community waste minimisation, re-use and recycling activities in the city. SCRAP was started as a joint venture between the voluntary sector, Sheffield City Council and Cheshire Recycling Ltd, with the launch of 54 paperbanks around the city. SCRAP's headquarters was at the Clayworks, 140 Devonshire Street, Sheffield.

It appears that SCRAP had become dissolved by 2006.


Cot-age "Child Safety and Nursery Equipment" Association:

It appears that Cot-age was first set up in 1987 as part of the Volserve Community Programme Agency in Sheffield which offered a range of work opportunities to people who had struggled to gain employment. Cot-age had a workshop in Carbrook which refurbished old cots and nursery equipment. In Feb 1993, Cot-age "Child Safety and Nursery Equipment" Association was formally registered as a charity, dedicated to recycling children's equipment and redistributing it to families in need in the Sheffield area. Cot-age's services were regularly used by social workers and health visitors, etc., working with vulnerable local families.

Equipment provided by the charity included cots, buggies, fireguards, safety gates, often donated by members of the public, which were then renovated by Cot-age's team of volunteers. In addition to renovating second-hand equipment, Cot-age also produced its own equipment from recycled material, making items such as playpens and safety gates. Cot-age later expanded its production range, creating garden products, toys, gifts and household items in addition to continuing to refurbish and fit children's safety equipment.

On its establishment as a registered charity in 1993, Cot-age was based initially at West Bar Green and later at 38 Garden Street, Sheffield for some 18 years before relocating to new premises at Worthing Road, Attercliffe in 2005 along with the recycling organisation 'Reclaim'.

It appears that Co-tage was wound up and no longer trading by September 2009 due to funding pressures and the denial of central government funding via the National Home Safety Equipment Scheme which had been one of its main funding sources.
DescriptionMisclleneous records of the following groups:

Sheffield Friends of the Earth, 1974 - 2014 (X1016/1)

Sheffield Recycling Action Programme Ltd (SCRAP), 1988 - 2001 (X1016/2)

Cot-age "Child Safety and Nursery Equipment" Association, 1987 - 2009 (X1016/3)

Miscellaneous papers relating to recycling in Sheffield, 1990 - 2019 (X1016/4)
Date1974 - 2019
Extent23 items
AccessStatusOpen
LevelCollection
RelatedMaterialRelated Material at Sheffield Local Studies Library:

Sheffield Friends of the Earth:

Copies of Sheffield Friends of the Earth annual reports from 1978 onwards (339.46 SQ)

Various other Sheffield Friends of the Earth publications are also available at the Local Studies Library - see the Local Studies Library catalogue for full details.

Cot-age:

'Children, risk and poverty: a study of parents' concerns over childrens' accidents in the home : a research project carried out by Cot-age and Sheffield Health' (1997) (363.13 SQ)

First Steps in Safety: Home Risk Assessment and Accident Prevention for Familes with Pre-school Children by Cot-age Child Safety (2008) ( 363.136 SSTQ)
CustodialHistoryDonated to Sheffield City Archives in July 2022 by a longstanding member, former secretary and newsletter editor of the Sheffied Friends of the Earth who was also a former development worker for and honorary company secretary of the allied group SCRAP (Sheffield Recycling Action Programme Ltd) and a trustee and management committee member and latterly chair of Cot-age "Child Safety and Nursery Equipment" Association
AcquisitionSourceDonated to Sheffield City Archives in July 2022 by a longstanding member, former secretary and newsletter editor of the Sheffied Friends of the Earth who was also a former development worker for and honorary company secretary of the allied group SCRAP (Sheffield Recycling Action Programme Ltd) and a trustee and management committee member and latterly chair of Cot-age "Child Safety and Nursery Equipment" Association
ArchNoteCatalogued prepared by Tim Knebel, Sep 2022
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