MakerSpace, a community trades centre, is nearing final stages of completion after two years of planning in Port Macquarie.
The facility, run by Mid North Coast Community College (MNCCC), provides space for metal and wood working workshops, an arts centre, a sound recording studio and fabric making area.
It is currently used to help teach vulnerable community members but will be opened to all members of the public on a membership basis.
MNCCC business and program development manager, MakerSpace manager Sue English, said MakerSpace will be an ideal business incubator, supported learning area and community hub.
"We are hoping to offer a range of opportunities for the community to take part in creative and visual arts programs, photography, video, podcasting, music recording and online radio," she said.
"We have got everything from wood working to automotive areas.
"People can support the work we do with vulnerable community members.
"This is not a new idea and these kinds of opportunities are important to re-engage people with community life.
"The end game is that the support from the community will help us to support disadvantaged people who would otherwise not be able to access this kind of activity.
"The recording studio will be finished within the month but we are actually ready to launch it to the community with a mini-market in late November."
The centre has already been working with job active and employment providers to provide an alternative to mainstream learning for MNCCC students.
It also holds school holiday science workshops and weekly workshop programs for disability support services.
"It's an opportunity for people to build their self confidence, build themselves and reconnect with the community," she said.
"Young people can feel that they don't belong or that they aren't valued by the rest of the community and so we try to turn that thinking around to make them understand how important they are.
"We want to build a vibrant community of belonging for people that have been pushed to the edges of our community. We can only do that if we fill this place with people from all walks of life.
"We are looking for volunteers, mentors, donors and anyone who feels they have skills they want to share. We want to talk to them."
Ms English said the centre is likely to be open on Saturdays, Sundays and weekday evenings when complete.
The centre previously received $200,000 in funding from the State Government through a Clubgrants Category Three Infrastructure Grant in January.
It is located at No. 4 Albert Circuit behind the college's headquarters at 77 Hastings River Drive.
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