Welsh makerspace brings local community together through hobbies

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A Naturesave grant has enabled Machspace to hire a local community space and buy a 3D printer and a lockable cupboard for open days. These open days provide a comfortable, indoor, hobby-focused
makerspace that can be used by anyone in Machynlleth, where attendees can make friends and
reduce-reuse-recycle together thereby promoting the local community ethos.

I suffer with social anxiety, and really enjoy having a regular safe group to socialise and create. I’m
excited to have a space that I can use where I feel at ease. It will be particularly beneficial to
combat loneliness, especially on a Sunday
!” –Christine Richards (she/her), director

Since the covid lockdowns, local gathering spaces have had very erratic opening times. Also, I’m
autistic and really struggle to socialise in loud and semi-public spaces like cafés and bars – I need
a quiet space with some kind of central activity as a focus. Makerspaces are a great place to find
my people
.” –Cassian Lodge (they/them), director

Machynlleth Makerspace (Gofod Gwneud Machynlleth in Welsh), also known as Machspace
(pronounced like “hackspace” with an M), is a local grassroots initiative in Machynlleth, Powys.
Currently Machspace runs regular open days at the local Bowling Club, hosting 20+ local makers
who gather to make and mend a variety of items, share skills and materials, and socialise with tea
and cake. The long term goal is to rent premises and fill it with useful equipment, especially large or
expensive items that are impractical for individuals to own. Members will be able to access the
space 24/7, to use the equipment and make things alone or together.

Gofod Gwneud Machynlleth is a local community initiative offering a dedicated Makerspace in the centre of the town of Machynlleth in Powys, Wales. You can learn more about their work here.