MadLab

Who we reach

In 2016/17 we supported 43,000+ people directly, and reached millions more through digital engagement, unlocking new opportunities for education, employment and helping to grow people’s wellbeing.

Twitter: 17.5k users, 2.85m engagements annually; Facebook: 3,800 followers

  • We engage women through community groups and events, such as Ladies who Code, and our in-house Digital Skills for Women (DSW) programme that upskills unemployed women.
  • Those in areas of high socio-economic deprivation through initiatives such as our digital tech roadshow, Make Stuff in city-wide community venues.
  • By targeting typically hard-to-reach areas, we attract significant BAME audiences.
  • Young people and families with programmes such as our Code Club, Online Safety Training, Fun Palaces, Big Ideas Generators.
  • We support community groups, associations and charities such as Amnesty and the Manchester Open Rights Group by providing them with free meeting space and advice.
  • Vulnerable people through co-designed projects with respected partners such as Shelter and the Prince’s Trust.
  • Older people with initiatives such as Tech & Tea in partnership with Inspiring Communities Together.
  • MadLab also works on behalf of organisations, schools, local councils, third sector and creative/ tech organisations, to deliver making and digital courses to their users.

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This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to boost social mobility in the region by helping people across Greater Manchester benefit from and get involved in the digital economy.

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