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The 2 Centres opening hours, contact details, location etc. can be found by clicking on the relevant Centre

Wellingborough  Harlow

Ideal for Schools, Nurseries, Childminders, Scouts, Guides, Pre-Schools, Playgroups, Church groups, Care homes, Charities, Youth groups, Hospitals, Carnivals, Art and Theatre groups, etc.

(Please go to our membership page for full details)

Our 2 Centres are in Wellingborough, Northants and Harlow, Essex  (please see their own pages for full details).

They are full of resources at a very low cost to your organisation.

We are an Environmental Charity, self funded by the Trustees and have been operating since September 2009 gaining charity status in January 2010.

In July 2014 the number of our membership groups signed to our Centres passed 2000

Our purpose is the practice and promotion of recycling, re-use and reduction.

We collect clean usable waste including off-cuts of material, wood, card, surplus stocks, end of lines and unwanted goods/returns from industry and local businesses. Almost 100% of our resources are brand new and unused.

We then sort everything at our distribution centre in Northamptonshire where anything that can be re-used gets put onto our shelves for our members to take and re-use (limits are put onto items to make sure all is shared fairly). Everything else that can be, then gets recycled. We work closely with local waste recycling transfer stations.

We also have a members discount area where educational aids and children's furniture can be purchased at very advantageous prices.

We welcome anyone interested in our Centre to visit us and have a look around to see all that we offer. You can complete the membership form, purchase tokens and collect resources on this initial visit.

Please read the following letter we received from a member to understand how our Centre can be of such great help in many ways. 

'On behalf of Friends of Olney Middle School, I would like to thank everyone who works so hard at the resource centre in order to ensure that quality resources are available to charitable organisations.  We joined earlier this year and have made excellent use of our membership which easily paid for itself after the first visit due to the excellent fundraising pack.  The school has benefited directly from project books, card, art materials and stickers.  In June, we held a big 'Fun on the Field' event where there was a giant tombola boasting many items from the resource centre such as place  mats, cake tins, toys, books, DVDs, trays, mixing bowls, perfume, earrings and much, much more!  We had a lucky dip which children of all ages seemed to enjoy and again nearly all of the prizes were from the centre.  We also had a massive and very popular craft tent at the event where children (and adults) came and made the most amazing and imaginative things.  There was a long table for glass painting where the children used glass pens (our only expenditure!) to draw on large and small  glass discs and made coasters.  In the centre  of the tent were 7 or 8 big boxes with tubes, fabric, foam, paper chains, plastic trays, boxes and a huge range of card and paper.  The children couldn't believe their luck and just let their imaginations run wild!  The only complaints were from parents who had to carry these creations home!  The event raised over £1000 which will directly benefit  the children. In addition to raising money, using the Resource centre provides an excellent opportunity for children to learn first hand about recycling and reusing in a real and practical way.
Thank you so much for providing  this service.'
Kind Regards
on behalf of FoOMS


Phoenix Resource Centre is an Environmental Charity No 1133503 registered with the Charity Commission