Welcome to The Bognor Makerspace! What’s new?

NEW MAKERSPACE WALKING GROUP on Wednesdays between 11.00am – 1.00pm. Would you like to get a spring in your step? Join our friendly walking group for gentle walks around Bognor Regis and beyond! We will walk for the first hour and then stop for a drink and /or lunch, if people want to do that. The aim is to enjoy gentle exercise and each others company – we hope to have chats about health and wellbeing. Each week we will choose a route and arrange a meeting place to start the walk. The first walk will be along Bognor seafront. This group is FREE, but you will need to email us to register for a place. The walking group will be led by community Connectors, Tina Evers and Kate Webb. Arun Community Connectors in partnership with The Makerspace. Please contact: [email protected] or ring Kate on 07795 178 800

LEARN AND LAUGH WITH SUZANNE is a new class that has recently started at The Bognor Makerspace. Learn and Laugh with Suzanne is a fun group for Adults with a learning disability with a mixture of activities in art & crafts, maths skills, social skills and Fun & games. The sessions will be on Fridays, between 1.00pm – 2.30pm. £60.00 for 6 weeks. Contact Suzanne on 07880 733680 for more details.

SPRING FAIR – Thank you to everyone who attended the recent Spring Fair, had a craft/gift stall, donated prizes or volunteered, it was a great success!! The next event will be the Winter Fair on Saturday 23rd November 2024.

WHAT IS THE MAKERSPACE? The Bognor Makerspace is an inclusive community resource where people gather to co-create, share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network and build. With the aim of people increasing their self-confidence, learning to persevere to improve skills, being part of a supportive team environment, combating loneliness and exclusion, improving wellbeing and mental health through creative expression, making new friends and sharing in setting and successfully completing projects.

OUR VALUES:

·  Collaborating – supporting each other, sharing skills, knowledge & space
·  Respecting and encouraging each other
·  Hosting events and activities
·  Being curious and adventurous
·  Being entrepreneurial

OUR PRIMARY FOCUS is to support people who might have missed out on the chance to develop creative skills and this inclusive makerspace is designed to be enjoyed by anyone.

Parts of the building are available for groups to use for arts & craft, wellbeing, carpentry, construction and even cooking! We have wheelchair-accessible toilets, a carpentry room, a large training kitchen, a Wellbeing Room, an upstairs Fabric Classroom and a platform lift up to the mezzanine floor.

Contact us if you’re interested in having a tour of the building, hiring space or getting involved! We’re just a two minute walk from Bognor railway station on Longford Road and the bus stops outside!

Making Theatre Gaining Skills

Resident company Making Theatre Gaining Skills offers a range of full-time work experience courses lasting between 1 and 3 weeks long in the Bognor Makerspace. Referrals are mainly through the local Job Centres or NHS support agencies. In most cases participants will need to be registered as unemployed with Jobcentre Plus and will not be charged a fee to attend.

For information about the next course anyone interested should contact [email protected]

Aldingbourne Trust

The Aldingbourne Trust works to support people with learning disabilities and autism to reach their potential across Sussex. They provide real skills, care and jobs in a very 21st century way, and believe in strong partnerships between social enterprise and charity fundraising to give adults with learning disabilities real choices and more independent lives.

Bognor Woodwork and Craft Club

The aim of Bognor Woodwork and Craft Club is to promote social inclusion and help those who are socially excluded through the provision of facilities in which they can undertake creative activities, learn or pass on skills and knowledge, and support each other socially.

The club has recently set up workshop facilities in the Bognor Makerspace and is open from 10.00am to 1.00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Anyone interested is welcome to pop in at these times. The club can also be contacted via email [email protected]