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About us

Telford Makerspace CIO is a Registered Charity, number 1191698.

We are a diverse, friendly and inclusive group of community-focused tinkerers, makers and hackers, currently based at 2A Park Street, in Wellington. We aim to help people learn new skills, design, build and mend gadgets and most of all have FUN, using arts and crafts, electronics, programming, 3D printing, laser cutting and even more traditional manual tools and powered machinery.

We have a strong non-discrimination policy and actively promote diversity and equality for all. We are LGBTQ+ allies and Neurodivergent friendly, and we expect members to behave with respect towards everyone, regardless of their minority group.

What we do

We like to help people to make things - to take their ideas and make them real - and to help them try out new techniques, and learn new skills. In order to make that possible, we provide equipment, space, and nurture a community to help glue it all together.

We also love helping out other local good causes - here are a few things we have done:

  • Made crates for toy swap project
  • Made "A" board for a local green group
  • 3D printed PPE for health-care workers during the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Donated a 3D printer to a local school and providing ongoing support
  • Raised funds for Christmas presents for patients at the children's ward at the Princess Royal hospital
  • Ran an "Iron Santas Grotto" to distribute those presents

Membership fees

We aim to keep our fees as low as possible, but we need to keep the lights on and pay the rent, so we ask members to pay a monthly fee of £10. Sessions are free for members, but we ask that returning visitors make a donation to help with costs.

Sessions

NOTE: Unfortunately, the space is currently closed because we are in the process of moving to new premises.

Regular sessions are usually on:

  • Tuesday evening from 7-10PM
  • Thursday evening from 7-10PM
  • Saturday daytime from 10AM-3PM

For members, there is currently no need to book ahead of time. If you want to drop in to check us out, please contact us via any means on the Contact us page to make sure we know you are coming!

You will normally find 3 - 5 people here, working on various things such as gifts for family members; cool replica gadgets from TV series or films; or fixtures for the Makerspace, using electronics/soldering, 3D printing, wood-work, programming and whatever equipment and techniques are appropriate. We love to share what we know, or what we're learning and we'll usually have a go at anything - we're all learning together!

Occasionally, we run special sessions, which are open to the public, such as pallet-wood furniture making; 3D printing; stop-motion animation; Raspberry Pi robots; and so on. There is usually a small, nominal fee for non-members, to help towards costs and materials.