Makery User Stories

Dee – organising art activities for families

Dee has been doing a lot of home education with the family in lock down. They have had a lot of fun but reached the limits of creativity. Dee is good friends with Bee who does creative art making workshops as a freelancer. Bee is up for doing some free workshops to Dee’s family and friends. Dee joined the maker space as a member and now asks if they can get trained to open up the space on a rainy holiday Tuesday to use the space and the equipment there. Families that come make a donation for the use of the space.

G and H – repairing and training volunteers

G and H are a volunteer at the repair cafes that happen at the workshop space. They enjoy fixing and repairing electronic equipment and other household objects. They like the community buzz of the cafe events and enjoy volunteering especially to pass on skills and to train other members to use the equipment there. They see the maker space as a useful project but also a way to be a part of a community that isn’t work and isn’t going down to the pub.

Sam – from drill borrowing to textiles

Sam walks into the maker workshop, a biggish room with different stations, to borrow a drill from the tool library. When they come in there is an open session happening with existing members.  Right at the front they see someone using a semi-pro sewing machine to add a patch to a jacket. This seems like a fun and doable thing to learn. Sam asks about it and is invited to the next open session when a volunteer is doing some sewing machine training. Sam does the 30 minute training and joins a member. Every now and then they come down to do small textile and woodworking projects.

S and T – creative coding for young people

S is a mum who wants her two children of 8 and 10 to learn digital skills and knows that her kids learn best when they are doing fun and creative projects. T is a local educator who works at a local college but has applied for funding to run workshops in creative coding. The funding pays for some core equipment and contributes to the rent of the space. S also attends the family coding workshops and learns more about coding then she thought she would.