Community support

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000

Description

Swindon Makerspace CIC, a not-for-profit engineering, craft and hobbyist community workshop, launched dedicated 600 sq ft premises in BSS House, Cheney Manor in May this year (2016). Offering the opportunity to create and develop ideas in a mutually supportive environment, Swindon Makerspace combines electronic, mechanical and model engineering with arts and crafts facilities. Our multi-purpose resources, which include digital fabrication, are available to private individuals, as well as members of special-interest groups and societies, who may not have the space or technical capability by themselves.

In it's first 6 months, Swindon Makerspace has rapidly grown to over 30 full-time members, and hosted a number of community development workshops - including several 3D printing workshops at Oakhurst Primary school, the Swindon Tech Day and several in-house events. We're also developing strong relationships with local Scout groups and youth societies, with a calendar of events already underway and extending into 2017.

As the membership and outreach programmes expand, we're in urgent need of more space and thus are focusing on doubling our square footage with the installation of a mezzanine floor. The plans are well developed, and associated fund-raising has already reached 45% of the target amount, with under £2k to go. We would very much appreciate any support Aviva can offer in bringing this project to fruition.

More background information on the expansion project is available on our website: https://www.swindon-makerspace.org/2016/09/27/sustainable-and-mezzanine/

Swindon Makerspace CIC

Location: Swindon

We're developing a unique, supportive and diverse environment for like-minded people to learn and benefit from each other’s skills and knowledge across a wide spectrum of disciplines - from 3D printing to textiles, wood to metal and many others.