What it is

Spend 3 weeks in a team learning to design, make and sell products made from raw materials such as metal, wood, fabric, silver and leather. 

How it works

Students work with a local maker to create things to sell at the Frome Independent Market.

Who its for

Young adults aged 18-35 including those who are out of work, looking for a new direction and who want to gain confidence. 

Course Structure

During the first week you’ll get to know the Edventure team, the craft tutor and the group you’ll be working with. You will get to think about what you want to get out of the course and will meet some of Frome’s makers to get inspired. You will also start to design things with the group ready to begin making things in week two. 

By week 2 you’ll be straight into testing your ideas, planning and make, make, making. You’ll also learn about how to create a brand and how to make a project plan.

It’s a race to the finish in week 3, making the final products, getting ready for the market stall and promoting the sale. This week your group will decide on what the stall will look like and what the prices will be for the things you have all made. 

The things that are made will be sold at the Frome Independent Market and all the students will do a shift on the stall lasting a few hours each.

The Monday after the Market we get together for one last day at the Hub to look back over the time we have spent together, to plan for the future and to celebrate with a lunchtime feast.

Students leave the course with very different ideas of what they’d like to do next.

We offer MAKE students a selection of opportunities after the course finishes.

What we can offer includes mentoring, coaching, workspace, workshops and group meet-ups and in exchange we ask for you to do some volunteering for Edventure.

Core Sessions

Tools and sessions we will run to enable you to complete the team challenge.
Making Skills

Learning to make things out of raw materials like metal, wood and clay alongside local craftspeople and makers

Product Design

Working in a team to design, develop, make and sell products at the Frome Independent Market

Branding

Developing a brand that fits in with the style of the Independent Market

Personal Skills

Developing confidence, presentation skills and self esteem

What students said

I’ve been able to apply skills I already had to the group challenge which has made me more aware of what I have to offer. I’ve enjoyed getting stuck in and making stuff with my hands in such a supportive and fun environment.

Joe Dowdell

We are stepping out of our comfort zones; exploring new territory, taking responsibility and developing our strengths as individuals and a group.

Chloe Wykes

I liked the structure and facilitation of the course and the group challenge we were set.
This course has taught me a lot about ways to successfully meet future work projects.

Alex Hermon

The practicalities

Anyone between 18-35 can apply. You don’t need any formal qualifications or experience. We are looking for a team of people with diverse backgrounds and skills who are motivated and are up for a challenge.

The initial 3 week MAKE course is FREE (funded by Somerset Skill and Learning)

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-16-27-38For the 3 month follow-up support we ask you to make a proposal of what you support you would like from Edventure (selecting from a range of offers) and what you can offer us in terms of skill-share, time, money or other exchange. We will work this out with you on an individual basis in a way that works for all.

The theme of the MAKE course changes every time. For the most part, these courses will involve working with raw materials such as clay, wood, metal and fabric.  With each course you will work with a local maker and expert in their field, and have a chance to get stuck into the making and experimenting process, before coming up with products to sell at the Frome Independent Market.

Follow these simply steps:

  1. Complete our short application form.
  2. We’ll invite you for an interview.
  3. We’ll confirm if you have a place or not.
  4. Start the course…

For further details, application forms and timings please check the upcoming courses section below.

Our courses run for 3 weeks on Monday-Thursday from 9.30am-2.30pm.

You will also need to be available on the first Sunday of the month at the end of the course to sell your products at the Frome Independent Market.

For dates please check the upcoming courses section below.

The course times are designed to fit between school hours for parents

Upcoming MAKE courses