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Our Story

Thurrock Play Network is a small
local non-profit charity based in
Chadwell-St-Mary, Essex. See below
for further information about us

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Tonnage of donations received in 2020
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Tonnage of donations received 2019
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Bags of scrap sold to our members in 2020
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Number of people that
have attended our activities/events
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About Thurrock Play Network

Thurrock Play Network is an organisation that has non-profit making charitable status, celebrating our 21st birthday in 2020. We have a strong belief in the importance of play opportunities in the community and believe that play is for everyone, playing an important part in social, emotional and physical well-being. Besides outdoor play, encouraging creativity and recycling is a key element of what we do, sharing and celebrating some of our member’s wonderful skills.

TPN is dependent on grants and donations from individuals and local companies for us to achieve the level of support to our communities.

We work in partnership with a large number of individuals, voluntary and statutory groups, whether just sharing or providing resources or running sessions for them.

Over the years we have received funding to employ play rangers to work out in the parks, supported parents and children in schools with their projects, and organised community play events; our national playday in august being the largest, providing free activities.

TPN is managed by a group of trustees and committee members who share their skills, working hard to ensure that we are sustainable. In addition, we enjoy working with volunteers to work alongside our paid members of staff to help in the many jobs that need doing.

Our Charity Work

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Essex for the Love Grace

We are 1 of 10 drop off points in Essex for the Love Grace
x handbag appeal for victims of domestic violence

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Work placements for students

Work closely with Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions providing
work placements for students

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Support local community organisations

Support local community organisations such as Changing
Pathways and All Animal Rescue and Rehome

Meet The Team

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Miriam

TPN MANAGER

I first joined TPN in 2002 as a Counter Assistant in The Pyramid, I quickly became involved in all aspects of TPN's many projects due to my background in play work and Community Projects (Manager/Playleader of TBC's Family Centre, ECC Social Services Dept, Chair of the School Association, Forum Committee Member).
I strongly believe there are NO limits nor barriers to Play & Recreation.
I am responsible for the day to day running of TPN including The Pyramid project, I love nothing more than being at the forefront of this amazing unique project and there are no tasks off limits to me!
I see your everyday throw away 'rubbish' as treasure not trash and feel passionate about upcycling, reusing and recycling instead of landfilling and causing harm to our environment..

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Shelley

Development Officer

I joined TPN as a volunteer in 2013, restocking the shelves, sorting scrap and helping at events. I loved its relaxed atmosphere and friendly feel then the opportunity arose for me to become the Development Officer and I grabbed it with both hands! I now organise events, apply for grants, liaise with sponsors and help with the running of The Pyramid Centre.

Tony

Tony

Driver

I have worked for TPN since 2007 and organise collections and deliveries, I also carry out general handyman jobs and repairs within The Pyramid Centre and take care of the hire equipment.

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First visit today and absolutely loved it! What an absolute gem of a place! Staff were lovely and friendly and there were lots of treasures to find! Myself and my 3 year old loved it!

Sharon Bailey

5stars

Very good centre not been in a while but always very helpful team

Christopher Fuller

5stars

What’s not to like really, you are essentially giving vital help back into the community, the best recycling I have come across in and around Thurrock, as far as I know, and the staff are out of this world awesome , they also put on the most awesome events that seriously family friendly, what’s not to love about them, if I could , I would fund them until the day I leave this life .

Rohan Winfield

5stars

I love this place! We are so lucky to have it on our doorstep. My family and I visited yesterday and were really impressed with the renovations, it has make the place feel so much lighter and warmer. It us great value and there are so many different things on offer. A hidden gem!

Claire Cornelius

5stars

Excellent staff will always help you to find what you need for art and craft projects. Great resource for Toddler Groups, Playschools and any other child focused activity.

Marian Kuyper

5stars

Just wow! What a fabulous make over, it was amazing before and is now even better, lovely staff and brilliant resources. Amazing prices, I can’t recommend it enough xx

Jane Brooks

5stars

Very nice people. Cheap craft materials. Fantastic.

Megan Dyer

5stars

Great staff and so affordable!

Serenely Serene

5stars

Has a great aray of resources for both young and older children

Jeff Cave

5stars

Great wide variety of items and lovely people

Sxphiz Z

5stars

Fun

Habib Miah

5stars

Absolutely amazing, fantastic staff, very helpful

Sam Humphrey

5stars

It a really good place for the children's. I wish they had more activity more often.

Magdolna Szakacsi

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Get In Touch

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Where we are

The Pyramid Resource Centre
Heath Road,Chadwell St Mary Grays Essex, RM16 4XH

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Do you have any clean, reusable scrap that you think Thurrock Play Network could make use of?

If you wish to donate unwanted materials to our Scrap Store please get in touch!