A University of Salford programme helps local charity

Categories: School of Science, Engineering and Environment

The University of Salford's Maker Space uses “the power of making” to help Salford charity ‘Loaves & Fishes’ by encouraging community building and reducing isolation for both participants of the charity and PGR students at the university.

Loaves & Fishes is a charity that helps local residents who are facing difficulties in their lives like homelessness, and with the help of the Maker Space and our students, they designed and made notepads.  This work is part of a bigger project that hopes to encourage community building and togetherness for both participants of the charity and the University’s PGR students.  This process involved using the Maker Space’s state-of-the-art equipment to laser cut the notepads, for the residents to take home.

Dr Ursula Hurley, Senior Lecturer in English & Creative Writing and Jameel Hadi, a lecturer in Social Work are leading the project from the University’s side, while Helen Tatum is a leader of Loaves & Fishes.

Helen Tatum said: “We weren’t sure what to expect but the positivity of the partnerships and the Makerspace environment combined produced a session which offered opportunities for learning and growth from start to finish.”

Dr Ursula added: “This inspirational session demonstrated the power of making to bring people together in a common purpose. Expert facilitation enabled novice makers to design and produce a meaningful object.

“Students and locals benefited equally from the opportunity and we have already had several requests for a return visit!”

Hopes are high to continue running these sessions, and to push the University even deeper into the local community.  We all love to MAKE IN SALFORD!

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