Make Stuff/MadLab is up for a 25k award from Aviva

Could you take a minute to vote for us, please?

You just need to give your email address and it's a (quick) two-stage process. If MadLab (with Make Stuff) gets the most votes, then we will automatically get to the panel.

You get 10 votes to cast - we'd be super appreciative if you gave all 10 to Make Stuff :)

Make Stuff reached 10 000 young people last year, in some of the most deprived areas of Greater Manchester. It showed young people the brilliantly creative possibilities of tech, coding, crafting, and making. The Big Chip Awards described it as "exemplary engagement across the north." We want to take Make Stuff to more people, but need investment to do so.

As you may know, we need to raise more funds, and this allows you to really help support our work.

>>>VOTE HERE<<<

 

MadLab Volunteers Win Volunteering Team Of The Year Award!

MadLab volunteers have won the Spirit of Manchester Volunteering Team of the Year Award!

A *massive* well done to all involved with Digital Skills for WomenDigital Skills for SalfordCode Club, over 80 community group leaders and of course, the Make Stuff volunteers. They are the centurions of our community, helping us run digital training, community meetups, fun workshops, and more.

This year our community has grown *enormously*. With the help of over 700 volunteers, more than 30000 people in Greater Manchester have had the opportunity to engage with everything from crochet to coding. These volunteers have helped impact education, job creation, skill-sharing, increased well-being, and confidence building. To achieve this, they have donated no less than 1600 hours of their time – what superstars!

The Spirit of Manchester Awards is a celebration of voluntary organisations, community groups, charities and social enterprises in Manchester. Their goal is to raise the profile of the sector amongst the general public. In these tough financial times, they are playing an integral role in helping sustain organisations like ourselves – so a big shout out to them!

So a huge round of applause, a big thumbs up, a pat on the back etc for the MadLab Volunteers! May all their hard work continue to change lives and help the wider MadLab community.

For more information on the impact our volunteers have had, see some stats here!

To find out more about how you can volunteer and join the MadLab community, head here: https://madlab.org.uk/2017/07/madlab-needs-you-heres-how-you-can-help/

Make Stuff goes to Peshawar!

Make Stuff has gone international! The team has been delivering workshops in public schools in Peshawar, North East Pakistan.

The workshops were held at two government schools with 100 students attending, both male and female.

Check out some of the brilliant pics:

Numaish Karachi (http://numaishkarachi.com) is an award-winning arts organisation based in Karachi, and are our fabulous Make Stuff partners in Pakistan.

Freds at Night IV: Make Stuff with Madlab

We had a fantastic time bringing Make Stuff to Fred Aldous last Thursday for Manchester After Hours – an evening of unique collaborations and exceptional happenings across the city.

Over 700 people joined us for wearable tech, virtual reality, coding, soldering and more!

We saw lots of brilliant tech-tote-bag designs as usual:

  We also created a special "odd coupling" big collaborative conductive paint canvas:

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Gemma May Latham and James Medd Gemma May Latham and James Medd also unveiled PatternBeats, a musical punchcard reader. Its hypnotic sounds could be heard across the shop floor!

Keep an eye on MadLab's Facebook and Twitter for more news and updates!

Pictures from The Landing MediaCityUK

We would like to give a big thank you to everyone who came to Make Stuff at The Landing last Saturday!

It was a fantastic turnout, and it was great to see so many people from the Salford area come and try their hands at making, coding and crafting with us.

If you're interested in finding out more about upcoming Make Stuff dates and future events, be sure to sign up to our mailing list here.

Photos taken by Paris Maverick: www.flickr.com/photos/paris_maverick

Pictures from Portland Basin Museum!

Big thanks to everyone who came to Make Stuff at Portland Basin Museum on Saturday!

It was our biggest turnout yet, was great to see so many people from the Tameside area come and try their hands at making, coding and crafting with us.

If you're interested in finding out more about upcoming Make Stuff dates and future events, be sure to sign up to our mailing list here.

Photos taken by Paris Maverick: www.flickr.com/photos/paris_maverick

Pictures from Leigh Hackspace!

Thank you to all who came to Make Stuff at Leigh Hackspace on Saturday!

It was great meeting all the local makers and creatives from the area and seeing the fantastic space at Leigh Hackspace.

If you're interested in finding out more about upcoming Make Stuff dates and future events, be sure to sign up to our mailing list here.

Photos taken by Katie Louise Dixon: www.katielouisedixon.co.uk

Pictures From St John's Centre!

Big thanks to everyone who made it to St John's Centre in Old Trafford on Saturday! (Especially those of you who missed the football to be there)

We were so impressed by all the talented and creative young makers who came and got involved - you can check out our photos from the day below. 

If you'd be interested in finding out more about upcoming Make Stuff dates and future events, be sure to sign up to our mailing list here.

Photos taken by Paris Maverick: www.flickr.com/photos/paris_maverick

Pictures from Gallery Oldham!

Thankyou to everyone who made it to Gallery Oldham on Saturday! It was a fantastic day, with absolutely loads of making, crafting and coding - you can check out the photos from the event below!

Taken by Paris Maverick: www.flickr.com/photos/paris_maverick