During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen the area we live in and love change dramatically, with over 150 independent shops on our street temporarily close and the local economy massively impacted and outside space for small businesses to operate extremely challenging.
Wood Street Walls are now crowdfunding for a library of things in Wood Street to help provide open access to tools for promoting repairing, reusing and remaking.
Since forming over five years ago, we have achieved a number of goals we set out to do, such as:
- establishing a new creative space in Walthamstow, London, now home for 13 creatives
- helped arrange and paint over 100 murals in the East London area, from raising awareness of the impact of violent crime and celebrating our healthcare heroes.
- establishing a new event for the community, the William Morris Design Line, for the London Design festival in September, connecting two communities in Wood Street and William Morris wards together.
We now want to continue using creativity to bring the community together by establishing a Library of Things/Object lending library to make the using of tools affordable and sustainable without the need to buy outright. With this project, we aim to:
- buy equipment to rent
- establish a membership scheme to help make the project sustainable
- create marketing to raise awareness of the project
- establish training sessions to learn how to repair and reuse existing equipment instead of buying new.
We believe this project is important for the area and from the membership fee, we aim to reinvest the funds back into the project and to maintain and sustain the community garden connected to Wood Street Studios.