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Hotdesking available at the new Salford MadLab

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

We’re moving into our new Salford Venue next week where we’ll have lots of desk space available for hire. If you’re interested in hot desking with us in our new space, get in touch via office@madlab.org.uk.

We’ll be offering desks at £90pcm on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you’d like to visit the space to have a look first, just drop us an email and we’ll arrange a date to show you around.

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P.S We’re counting on you to use your imagination to picture the missing desks we’ll be putting in when we arrive!

 

 

The MadLab 2014 Survey – What we’ve learnt so far!

Friday, September 5th, 2014
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The MadLab survey is underway! If you have a spare few minutes, please take it here and help shape our future direction.We’ve had several hundred responses so far. Thank you to everyone who has already taken part.
We thought you might like to hear about some of the early trends that are emerging. Here are some of the highlights:
  • About a third of you are from Manchester, 15% of you live in Stockport and another 15% in Salford, with Bolton, Bury and Trafford all on 10%. We’ve got users from across all areas of the Greater Manchester region – and a strong showing from West Yorkshire, East Cheshire and South Lancashire.
  • 30% of MadLab’s users are women
  • On average, people spend 3-4 hours at MadLab every month
  • 25% of respondents have volunteered or do volunteer. Of the 75% that haven’t, half of you would volunteer 4-5 hours a month, given the right project (this is amazing!)
  • 45% of you have gone on to further learning as a result of coming to MadLab, and over 40% have gone on to share things you’ve learnt at MadLab with other people
  • 15% of you have gone on to get a job or a promotion as a direct result of the formal or informal training you’ve had at MadLab

We’ll keep you updated as more info comes in.

Have a great Friday.

MadLab

The Big MadLab User Survey 2014

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

The MadLab Annual User Survey is out and we need as many people to complete it as possible!

Take the survey

Have you ever been to MadLab, been on a course or workshop, got involved with our groups or simply considered doing any of the above?

If yes, it’d be really great if you could fill out our Big MadLab User Survey 2014.

Why do we need you to do it?
As most of you know, we’re undergoing a big refurbishment at the moment, and when we reopen in October with a shiny new space, we’re hoping to improve our services too. This means connecting with as many people as we can in the Greater Manchester region, delivering more world-class training and events and helping people find more opportunities to further themselves and their careers. To do this, we need funding and to get funding we need data from our users!

It should only take 10 minutes to complete and you can choose to remain completely anonymous if you’d prefer. If you’d like to get in touch with us about any of the questions, please do via office@madlab.org.uk

Finally, we’ve got lots of exciting new plans for next year, including the opening of a second venue. More details can be found on the survey :)

We hope to see you all at MadLab soon. Keep your eye on our twitter @madlabuk for regular updates and watch out for the new courses newsletter coming soon!

 

MADLAB IS MOVING! (just for a few months during our refurb)

Friday, August 29th, 2014

As most of you know, the MadLab building is undergoing a big refurbishment from mid-August to mid-October. This means we’ve had to temporarily relocate to New Arts Spaces (Federation House) whilst the building work takes place.

It also means, from October, we’ll have a shiny new space, that is bigger, better and much nicer, though of course retaining all of MadLab’s quirkiness!

All community group meet-ups and events are on as usual during the refurbishment period, and they will be held either at New Arts Spaces (Federation House) on Dantzic Street or at Terrace (next door to MadLab). The MadLab office will be based at New Art Spaces (Federation House), if you’d like to drop in and say hi!

We’ll also be offering free hot-desking space at Terrace during this period. Keep your eyes peeled for more information on this soon.

Once the refurbishment is complete, we’ll have lots of new hot-desking and desk-hire space in the MadLab building. If you are interested in using our new space as an office from October, get in touch via office@madlab.org.uk for more details.

If you are looking to attend a community group meetup or event during this period check on the event listing on this site or our twitter and Facebook pages to see where the meetup is taking place. The meetup will either be at New Art Spaces (Federation House) or upstairs at Terrace. Below are detailed instructions of how to get to both venues.

UPSTAIRS ROOM AT TERRACE:

Terrace is the bar next to MadLab. It’s really easy to find. Stand facing the MadLab entrance and shuffle to your right (mind the scaffolding!) until you get to their black double doors. Go through these, and immediately right again, through a door and up the stairs. Voila!

NEW ART SPACES (FEDERATION HOUSE):

This is where the MadLab team will be housed during the refurb. It’s just a 3 minute walk from the MadLab building. We’ll make sure there’s someone around MadLab during the meetup to direct you to Federation House but here are the directions in case you want to make your own way there:

With MadLab on your left, walk down to the end of Edge Street and turn left onto High Street. Take the next right on to Thomas Street and walk all the way to the end of the road towards Shudehill. At the end of the street, cross over and turn left towards Shudehill tram stop. Turn right on to the tram stop platform and walk down towards The Printworks. Turn right at the end of the stop onto Danztic Street. Federation House is on your left and the MadLab entrance is through the big black gates. There will be someone from MadLab there to greet you!

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Photographic walk-through from MadLab to New Art Spaces (Federation House):

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New courses, new space, new groups!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

The MadLab building is about to undergo a major facelift, which means by autumn we’ll be better equipped to host community groups and commence our exciting new course programme!

The refurbishment is scheduled to finish in October. Upon completion we’ll have completely new frontage (bye bye dodgy shutters) and a new meeting room on the ground floor (hello new space for events!)

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Old frontage – you’ve served us so well, but it’s time to move on

Plans for new frontage

Plans for new frontage

With regular enquiries from new groups, and attendance for existing groups and courses at an all time high, the refurbishment is coming at a crucial time in MadLab’s continuing development.  We’re all really excited about what the future holds for our ever growing community.

So, what does this mean for you?

Courses

We’ve had a number of success stories from our courses in the past, some of which have recently been picked up on by The Skinny. They’ve featured, amongst others, Dan Hett (a previous course attendee who got scouted by the BBC and who is about to run his own course at MadLab) in an article about working in the arts.

Meanwhile back at MadLab, we’re working hard on our autumn course schedule and, come October, we’ll be starting our exciting new timetable, in our shiny new space.  We will be presenting a host of new social and professional courses led by international names such as WordPress co-founder Mike Little, and featuring everything from Coding to Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy via Arduino, Creative Writing and trusty favourites such as the ever-popular WordPress courses.

We’ll be announcing the full programme in the next few weeks so keep an eye on our website, Twitter and Facebook page, or, if you’d like to be ahead of the curve, register your interest by emailing us at office@madlab.org.uk and we’ll make sure you’re the first to receive the info.

Groups

There will be a period of temporary relocation during the refurb. (we’re currently finalising details and will be in touch with existing groups very soon).  Although we’d love to stay here and let the work go on around us, we’ve been advised by our architect to vacate the building during this period.  Our temporary location will be centrally located and big enough to host all of our groups so won’t cause too much disruption!

What the refurbishment does mean, is that the ground floor will be warm and cosy in the winter months (through better insulation) and we’ll have a new meeting room allowing us to take on new groups, while continuing to support those whose attendance is going up and up.

If you’re interested in using MadLab for a meetup, let us know via office@madlab.org.uk. We offer the space free to unsponsored groups who do not charge for attendance.