These workshops are all run for free by volunteers from our community. Our aim is to build the confidence and skills of people in our community by sharing the skills we already have. It also aims to prepare us for dealing with climate change and peak oil.
If you have any skills you could share, or something you would like to learn, get in touch!
Some workshops have limited places and you need to book in advance. Please telephone or email to do this as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Currently sessions are aimed at adults. Children must be accompanied. Donations towards the cost of the materials are needed to keep the skill share going. It is only ever a suggested amount.
The Sumac Centre
The Sumac Centre is a place for the community to come together, socialise, and get involved in making the world a better place. It provides resources for community groups and for people interested in environmental protection, social justice and animal rights worldwide. It promotes community, cooperation and non-hierarchy.
The Sumac exists purely through the hard work of over 50 volunteers from the local community. Resources available include computers, a printing press, a radical library, and meeting spaces. To find out more about using the Sumac Resource Centre call 08454589595, see http://www.sumac.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To enjoy the Sumac as your community centre just turn up as below!
Sumac Bar: Thursday–Saturday, 7.30–11pm: Local real ales and other delicious alcoholic and soft drinks. It's a private members bar, but its easy to join and guests are welcome!
To subscribe to our e-list and keep up-to-date with info about the skillshare as it happens, go to: https://lists.riseup.net/www/info/sumacskillshare
Phone: 07944 889580
The Sumac Centre
245 Gladstone St
Nottingham NG7 6HX
PROGRAMME: Autumn/Winter 2008
Radio: 1st November, 11am-5pm
How to make a radio show: learn skills from recording, to interviewing and editing with the local community 'Riseup Radio' crew.
Food preservation: 16th November, 2pm-5pm. Limited numbers – please book.
Want to know what to do with gluts of fruit and veg? Jams, pickles and chutneys are delicious ways to make food last. This workshop looks at the theory of food preservation and includes practicals of some of the stages.
Vegan Cake Making: 7th December, 2pm-5pm. Limited numbers - please book.
Come and learn how to make excellent cakes without using dairy products or eggs!
December 6th: The Skillshare Massive!
The 6th will be a day of non-stop Skill Sharing with a number of exciting workshops to be held in various locations in and around the Sumac Centre.
(all the following skillshares are on December 6th at the Sumac Centre unless stated otherwise.)
Home energy efficiency: 10am-11.30am
Learn how to combat climate change at its source. Over 50% of CO2 released in this country comes from buildings, but we can easily reduce that figure by making simple and non intrusive changes to our homes. This workshop will give you ideas how.
DIY education: 10am-12 noon
If we are to change the world, we need to re-educate ourselves. Learn how to use popular education techniques to help people to connect their lives to larger social problems and start to effect change.
Bike maintenance: Limited numbers – please book. 10am-1pm
Cycling is a great way to cut down on vehicle use, and to keep fit and happy! Come to this workshop to learn how to do basic maintenance servicing and repair work yourself.
Vegan Pie Making: Limited numbers – please book. 2pm-5pm.
A very practical skillshare! Learn to make delicious, perfect for wintertime vegan pies – then eat them later on during the People's Kitchen at the Sumac Centre between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.
Basic mending electrics: Please book in advance. 2pm-5pm
How to mend electric items in the home: both household appliances, and lights. Covers simple skills like how to wire a plug. Bring along broken things and learn how to mend them.
Clothing alteration: 11am-4pm. Please call to let us know you're coming.
Got holes in your favourite jeans or have a special dress that's a little too big? Learn how to alter and mend your clothes and make them more funky! Will include how to deal with holes and stains using applique. Bring your clothes to mend. (Unfortunately we cannot offer taking trousers in at the waist.)
The following workshops will be held at a studio on Mansfield Road (15 minute walk from the Sumac Centre. Call Clare for directions, or if you have any other questions, on 07980 794458)
Basket making: Limited numbers – please book. 10am-1pm
Learn to weave beautiful and functional baskets exclusively from reclaimed materials. Ideal for Christmas presents and much more. Bring along waste materials such as plastic packaging, juice cartons and other things you think may be useful.
Book making: 2pm-5pm. Limited numbers – please book.
Learn a beautiful book making technique exclusively using reclaimed materials. Make a 2009 diary to give to someone for Christmas or to use yourself. Bring along old envelopes and other papers for pages and scraps of fabric for jackets, as well as anything else you think may be useful.
Printed programmes will be available at the Sumac Centre.