We talked about the benefits that being a CIC would bring – including formalising our existing informal structure, how being a CIC would make it easier for community groups and members to further develop their careers and access grants and funds as well as putting in place an ‘assets lock’ meaning that assets and profits are dedicated to the community.
Help shape our future!
MadLab is becoming a Community Interest Company (CIC) and needs your help.
Please come along on Tuesday 23rd April at 7pm to find out how you can get involved.
For example, we’d like to hear your ideas on what might form the “Community Interest Statement (CIS).”
A CIS confirms that the CIC will provide benefit to the community. It does this by describing its intended activities – including who they will help, and how.
What – and who – do you think MadLab should be concentrating on?
We are also keen on hearing from people who’d like to join MadLab’s new Management Committee. There are nine spaces on this new group – five from local partner organisations, and four from the community.
The Management Committee will meet once a month and decide upon all aspects of MadLab’s vision and strategic direction.
May 2013 will see an all new bid writing course at the Omniversity. Led by Laura H Drane, this one day session has been created with the small-to-medium enterprise in mind and aims to help you make the best application possible.
Whether it be for hundreds or hundreds of thousands, this course can be tailored for your specific needs. At the end of the session you will come away with an in depth understanding of the application process, a more secure knowledge of what funding is available to you and much needed experience in answering questions that will usually come up. The most important thing is that you will gain a great deal more confidence in approaching the dreaded bid application!
About the course leader
Laura has secured funds from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of pounds for a wide range of organisations, and provided training in bid-writing to the RSA, Clore Leadership Programme, and British Science. The course she will deliver is based on this programme, and will be the first time these materials and exercises will be available to the public and smaller organisations.
Some of you might remember ‘Engels Night‘ held on 18th December last year, where tour guide Jonathan Schofield led a group of intrepid historians through Manchester, highlighting connections with the seedy and politically radical in the area of Manchester that they know so well. Check out some of the photos.
This event was part of our ongoing local history project, ‘Ghosts of St Paul’s', funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the ‘All Our Stories‘ initiative. The project aims to encourage interest and participation in local history and heritage and consists of a range of events during which we get to find out the untold history of the Northern Quarter.
We have some more exciting events exploring Manchester’s industrial heritage. Below is a list of upcoming events. (more…)
Just like Dick Whittington, we’ve upped sticks and headed to London.
For the next two weeks, MadLab is hosting a Lab Easy at Clerkenwell’s The Arts Catalyst – they commission artwork that creatively engages with science, looking at links between the two.
Like a speakeasy, but with added test-tubes, we’ll be delving into the world of DIYBio with a whole heap of incredible biohackers from around the world.
To kick things off, we’re hosting a lab-raising tomorrow (Tuesday 5th March) with Dr Marc Dusseiller from Hackteria. Armed with Lego, gadgets and a bucket-load of enthusiasm, we’ll be building a shoestring lab on a budget.
Our residency will see us hosting fun-filled workshops into the wonderful worlds of bioluminescence, genetic modification and cellular gastronomy.
Check back soon for updates about our London adventures at the Lab Easy.