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
Story Telling 20.10.21

About Thurrock Play Network

Thurrock Play Network is an organisation that has non-profit making charitable status since 1999. 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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Love Grace x appeal drop off point

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

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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


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

Christopher Fuller


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


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


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


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


Very nice people. Cheap craft materials. Fantastic.

Megan Dyer


Great staff and so affordable!

Serenely Serene


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

Jeff Cave


Great wide variety of items and lovely people

Sxphiz Z



Habib Miah


Absolutely amazing, fantastic staff, very helpful

Sam Humphrey


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

Magdolna Szakacsi


Get In Touch


Where we are

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


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!