We work with our members in a variety of different ways, depending on the size and direction of the company. We were thrilled recently to receive this testimonial from Linda Kirkland from D-Lab:
After a visit from Claire to our studio in Berkhamsted and me lamenting about the fact that one of our laser cutters wasn’t working as the bulb had run out of juice…Claire informed me about Community Grants from Dacorum Borough Council, that were available for just this kind of thing.
Following her suggestion, we applied for a grant for our Laser Cutting Education & Enabling programme.
D-Lab is a not for profit Community Interest Company that exists for the benefit of the community in the areas of creativity and innovation in Dacorum (Berkhamsted based). Situated in a building in the Depot of Clarence Road, once a former DBC art store – the building was renovated and restored by volunteers from the community to be able to house the laser cutter.
We run Open Access mentoring and education programs for the community. One of the things we have is an ‘Open Make’ community: Every other Tuesday night D-Lab is open for a ‘makers/crafters club’ where people from all walks of life come and use the digital equipment under supervision from one of our DBS approved volunteers. They may be new to creativity and just curious or they may be hobby-ists who need a place to meet with like-minded people.
Most local people do not have the resources to own their own laser cutter, so we offer this facility to the community for very reasonable rates. We were donated this laser cutter by a large architectural firm in London so would like to give back to our local community where possible. We can only do this if we can replace the bulb.
A new bulb inside the laser cutter that would normally cost £6400 but we have managed to source a company that re-condition bulbs for half the price. The grant we have been awarded will go a long way towards helping us do this.
We are also thrilled to have been invited to the Community Grant Awards evening in March at the Forum.
Published on: February 25, 2020