Edventure students have been working on launching a Remakery in Frome – a shared workshop for fixers, doers and makers that can be used by individuals and groups or for classes. The space will be launched with a festival celebrating upcycling and repair: a series of free workshops, events and a launch party of course.
All events are taking place at the Remakery, which is part of the Welsh Mill Hub.
An afternoon of celebrations to launch the Remakery Frome, including an exhibition, presentation, food, music and open forum to talk about the future of the Remakery.
12.00 Arrive and drink coffee
12:30 Presentation by the Edventure students who created the Remakery.
13.00 A delicious community lunch for a small donation.
14:00 World Cafe Forum to discuss our throwaway culture, potential solutions for a greener future, and to come up with ideas for the future of the Remakery. For the kids, a Makeshift musical instrument making workshop.
16.00 Food & Live music, Open workshop session at the Remakery. Until 6pm.
A project in partnership with Edventure Frome, The Men’s Shed, SHARE – a libary of things, funded by Awards for All.
Taking action and making decisions in week 5 of Edventure Frome’s Start-Up Repair Course written by student blogger Abigail (Abi’s blog)
Getting to work
Equipped with skills we have learnt in the first half of the course, this week we divided into smaller teams and dedicated our time to specific areas. Our roles included; branding and business concept, festival and communications, workshop and planning.
Harry and Josh made steps towards transforming the workshop into a multi–use space. This involved getting to know the potential and limitations of the physical area and researching what equipment might be needed.
Thomas came to help out and surprised us by bringing us each a candleholder he had made from petrified wood. The candleholders looked great and their simple design made them easy to produce. This inspired me to think of the potential of our project. It would be amazing to see the space being used to make items such as these as way of teaching basic woodwork skills.
Louis and Allen put their minds to visualising the Repair Festival which is due to launch our project in the last week of May. They led a brainstorming session with the group to find out what we would like to see at the event and reflected on our user research. They also began compiling a list of local people who might be interested in being involved with the set up or running of the festival. If this interests you please get in touch!
The Business Concept and branding
I worked with Van on defining the direction of our project and came up with some initial brand names. We would love to hear your opinion on our shortlist – please leave a comment below.
Andy Britnell, founder of Seeamanaboutblog came to talk to us about how social media can be used as a tool to grow public interest. We learnt about the various forms of social media from Facebook to GooglePlus and how we can use them to communicate with our target audience. Andy talked through ways of keeping professional and adding value, credibility and visibility to our project online.
Something to take away…
Andy’s check list for successful social media.
What information do you want to share with your followers?
Which platforms are you going to target? Which platforms are most popular with your target audience?
Who is interested in your project? Who will your ideas affect?
Influencers and thought leaders
Who is already working in your area of expertise? What strategies do they use.
Who might support your project? Try to get yourself featured in blogs and magazines focused on your area of interest.
Which form of media will most appeal to your target audience; text, image or video? or all three.
The week began by clearing the workshop with Thomas. We used the time to organise materials and visualise how the space could look. Our aim is to create a workshop suitable for multiple uses with features for woodwork, crafts and textiles.
A Library of Things
On Wednesday we met with Aliss and Helen from The Share Shop to discuss how our projects can support each other. The Share Shop already runs many interesting events around fixing including regular Saturday morning repair sessions. Find out more here.
Charting a Course
Johannes helped us to form clearer intentions for the remaining weeks using the GROW model. GROW stands for Goal, Reality, Options and Will and is a simple structuring method. By breaking down our task into these four categories we were able identify the necessary next steps and formed a plan of action. We defined our individual roles and began dividing responsibility.
Finding Answers in Nature
We took a day out of the office on Thursday to explore our surroundings with Jez and Amelia.
Jez encouraged us to appreciate the visible signs of the
Spring as we walked while Amelia foraged for interesting plants for us to try. Together we lit a fire and thought about the things we wanted to move on from as we progressedthrough the course. We ate a feast of toasted bread and wild garlic that we found in abundance along the way.
On Friday Edventure hosted a talk on Crowdfunding by Andrew Denham; Head Teacher at the Bicycle Academy. Andrew shared his experience of using crowdfunding to raise £40,000 in order to turn the Bicycle Academy into a reality. He kindly explained the basics to us and advised us on the necessary steps to take. Reward based Crowdfunding is a method of raising money for a project through multiple contributions. Usually an entrepreneur or business will post a project they need help funding with a target amount and set deadline for raising the funds. Interested backers are then offered rewards based on the size of their donation as incentive for investment.
Something to Take Away…
Andrew’s top tips for successful crowdfunding;
Tell a compelling story; involve your prospective customer.
Do the legwork before you launch; get your message out there, use social media.
Hit the ground running; make sure you have built up enough interest in plenty of time.
Know your customer, target your publicity to the right people.
Be prepared for hard work; make sure you have time to fully engage with the process – before and after.
Be open and honest; What can you realistically achieve.
Be realistic; make sure you can follow through on rewards.
Van’s poem of the week;
Week started slowly we uncluttered the abundance of all things unneeded,
inspiration still unmet,
what is it we work towards,
finalising our places in focusing on the time to come festival and fun after solid working strong,
walking long in wilderness inlooking and expressive,
an experience of overwhelming freedom let loose all stress and pain even if only for a few irreplaceable moments,
contemplative pictures painted do we understand who we are,