Innovation through collaboration

The 2015 Expo

Come to meet the following groups and organisations for discussion about volunteering and collaborative possibilities. You might like to host your own table – there are only 15 (so a handful left). One of the highlights for me will surely be The Craft Workshop’s potter David Helm… who is actually making teapots and offering you tea with a special tea ceremony!


The Craft Workshop with David Helm
Potter, furniture restorer and jack of all trades, Dave has been teacher, social worker, counsellor,
potter, and now craft workshop owner, doing a bit of all the above in a glorious mix! 
Dave will be demonstrating pot throwing, and setting himself the challenge of
making 6 x teapots during the course of the day!
‘On my stall I’ll also be offering cups of tea, delivered in a ‘tea ceremony’ involving…
 well you’ll just have to wait and see!’
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Matd high res logo 2014
Come and meet this remarkable organisation to learn about volunteering opportunities
and consider possibilities for collaboration.



making space
 The Making Space is a collaboration between Amy Hirst, Rachael Walker and Andrew Wilson.

We are a team of artists and makers working to develop a space for people to share resources and skills, paving the way for ongoing collaboration and connections to happen.

The space will support makers in the town, whether they are using digital or analogue tools, fostering a productive cross over of different kinds of making, enabling people to share knowledge and skills with each other and the public.

Amy and Rachael will be on hand to share our plans so far and ways you can get involved. Come and chat to us!


banana audio use
 Banana Audio is a small audio company founded by two huddersfield graduates: Sebastian Lehmann and Lewis Wright
We are always happy chatting to people who are interesting in working with us,
wether you’re a charity, have ideas for a collaboration, session musician, animator or business…


Kirklees Libraries
Would you like to volunteer to run a new initiative in one of our local libraries? Come and talk with staff to explore ideas because they are coming to support new initiatives that could benefit different communities across Kirklees. You might decide to run some skills workshops, start a group, develop ideas for a social enterprise that you’ve been thinking about and you might do this with other collaborators.

Linda Lewis

Following 20 year in the textile industry as a designer and product development manager I’m now in my 10th year at the University.

I work for the School of Art, Design and Architecture as Design Resource coordinator and as a CAD & IT Technician demonstrating and supporting students with a wide range of design software and equipment.

About a year ago I decided I really needed to get away from the computer a while and start Making again real things with my hands, I needed something portable that could build over time – Enamel covered wire, resin & various embellishment methods later, these are some of the results. 



CollabHub is all about supporting local practitioners and opening opportunities for knowledge and skills sharing. 

Linda will be delighted to show you her techniques.


What would you like to do in your community that you can’t do at the moment because you don’t have the right stuff, space or skills? Do you have tools that aren’t used all of the time, a meeting room that’s sometimes empty or time to show a neighbour how to cook healthy meals on a budget? 

Wouldn’t it be great if we could all make use of what we’ve got, when we need it?


 Kirkwood Hospice

Kirkwood Hospice LogoThe Hospice provides specialist care, free of charge, to adults in Kirklees with advanced, progressive illnesses at any time from diagnosis to the end of life, respecting their individual needs and wishes.  Care and support is also provided for their family members, friends and carers, both during the illness and after death.

Kirkwood Hospice is an independent hospice and a registered charity, (number 512987), Company Limited by Guarantee in England No. 1645888.

Talk to John today and see how you can build upon your skills and develop community working.

Administration – Hospitality – Events – Retail – Business – Marketing – Counselling – Complimentary Therapy


User Rich workshops

UserRich CollabHub logo “Putting human interaction at the forefront of innovative thinking.
UserRich multi-discipline workshops introduce participants from a variety of disciplines to the ethos and practice that underpin the UserRich research and development methodology.
Participants will acquire the technical skills and knowledge to deliver imaginative responses to user/audience interaction contexts. 



Huddersfield Women’s Institute

Offering opportunities for a crazy range of workshops,

and the possibility for you to offer your skills and build links with the local community.




 The Coffee Creative

The Coffee Creative is a friendly craft group based in Huddersfield, with weekly sessions held at The CoffeeKabin opposite the University.
The group is open to all, whether you want to come and have a chat, learn a new craft, work on individual or group projects, or just meet some like-minded people. Our members are always happy to offer help and advice if needed with no end to their areas of crafting expertise or enthusiasm.We welcome people of any age, background and crafting experience, from expert to beginner.
We are particularly interested in finding people who would like to share their skills with others and feel our group would benefit from having international students with different craft skills and experiences to share.
We meet every Wednesday from 9am with sessions lasting until around 2pm (sometimes longer) and then in the evening on the 2nd Tuesday of the month 5-9pm.


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