Community college working bee, garage sale needs support

Ready to go: Trainer Mark Dalton with some of the timber crates students have been constructing to sell at the garage sale on November 18. Photo: supplied
Ready to go: Trainer Mark Dalton with some of the timber crates students have been constructing to sell at the garage sale on November 18. Photo: supplied

Port Macquarie Community College is calling for volunteers to help prepare their new MakerSpace.

The MakerSpace is part of the community college’s commitment to finding ways to enhance the lives of people who are suffering from social isolation or disengagement within the community who need a place to tinker or to kick off their career.

The college’s Business Development Manager Sue English says the students’ preliminary work is fantastic.

“Our long range vision will include spaces for woodwork, metalwork, small engine repairs and horticulture with creative spaces for visual and creative arts of all kinds, including textiles, fashion and graphic design, photography, sculpture, screen printing, vinyl cutting, science and technology,” Ms English said.

“The college is offering specialised programs for specific learner groups such as young people who are in transition from school to work or further study.

“These programs are assisting young people to gain life and employability skills while taking part in a fun project based learning and has included projects to set up the workspaces and beautify the building and surrounds.

These young people have done some fantastic work already to help our MakerSpace take shape.

Sue English

“These young people have done some fantastic work already to help our MakerSpace take shape but we need help to stay on track for the predicted demand for this kind of innovative program next year.”

Port Macquarie Community College will hold a working bee and garage sale on Saturday November 18 at the MakerSpace, 4 Albert Circuit, Port Macquarie from 8am until 2pm. 

“If you can spare a few hours to pick up a paintbrush give the college a call on 6583 7288 or just turn up on the day with your paintbrush or a roller and tray if you have one,” Ms English said.

Donations of saleable items for the garage sale or tools and equipment for the MakerSpace are welcome along with art and craft materials and building supplies.

Call the college to arrange for someone to collect donations or for details on where to drop off.

A sausage sizzle and refreshments will be provided for volunteers and will be available for sale to those on the garage sale trail.

Great concept: The MakerSpace provides real, hands-on learning experiences in a real work environment. Photo: supplied

Great concept: The MakerSpace provides real, hands-on learning experiences in a real work environment. Photo: supplied