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London's largest public maker space opened in Barking and Dagenham with 3D printing and woodworking

PUBLISHED: 14:49 19 March 2019 | UPDATED: 14:49 19 March 2019

Residents can use shared spaces and tools to work on their own ideas or those of a collective. Picture: Every One Every Day.

Residents can use shared spaces and tools to work on their own ideas or those of a collective. Picture: Every One Every Day.

Every One Every Day

What’s believed to be London’s largest public maker space has opened in Barking and Dagenham.

Every One Every Day offers community beekeeping and gardening. Picture: Picture: Every One Every Day.Every One Every Day offers community beekeeping and gardening. Picture: Picture: Every One Every Day.

The facility, which is free to all residents in the borough, includes 3D printing, wood working and manufacturing for textiles.

Run as part of the Every One Every Day (EOED) programme, the warehouse’s 3,300 square feet also has an industrial-sized kitchen, a public working area and ‘mini-makers’ for children to use.

“We want this to be seen like a public library, just with different resources,” said Tessy Britton, the founding chief executive of the charity that runs EOED, Participatory City.

She said the resources behind the project stand it apart from other places that offer ways to grow communities and work out of poverty.

People who want to get involved can go to one of Every One Every Day's three shops in the borough. There's one on Ripple Road in Barking, one on Church Elm Lane in Dagenham and one on Martins Corner in Becontree. Picture: Every One Every Day.People who want to get involved can go to one of Every One Every Day's three shops in the borough. There's one on Ripple Road in Barking, one on Church Elm Lane in Dagenham and one on Martins Corner in Becontree. Picture: Every One Every Day.

“We’re trying to have a really big impact. People who live in Barking and Dagenham want to see it change and they want to be part of that change.

“They don’t want to just continue to look to the council and other service providers. They want to have a hand in it themselves. They want to be part of the solution that makes Barking and Dagenham a really great place for people to build in and to grow up in.”

A major way EOED is different is how decisions are made. There are no formal meetings to work out what gets done and what doesn’t.

In a process called ‘co-design’, residents come to the shops run by the programme and say what they want to do.

Various tools and machines are available at the shops, with more serious equipment like a 3D printer and woodworking equipment at the warehouse on Thames Road. Picture: Every One Every Day.Various tools and machines are available at the shops, with more serious equipment like a 3D printer and woodworking equipment at the warehouse on Thames Road. Picture: Every One Every Day.

The limit of how far those projects are taken is based on their enthusiasm and commitment.

“The majority of projects that we take on or happen, the ideas originally come from residents,” said Wayne Trevor, a development director for the project.

He helps make sure that the shops, residents and their ideas get what they need so they can to do what they want to do.

“The fact that you’ve come up with the idea and you’re having the energy and enthusiasm—that is the decision-making process.

If you don’t have an idea but want to get involved, you can join one of the existing collectives.

The shops act as an entry point for people wanting to get involved. Residents can then work on what they want there or take it to one of the workshops EOED has around the borough.

The warehouse and its more serious equipment is billed as a place where ideas can be taken to the next level if residents want to.

By EOED’s count, 94 projects and three new (non-profit) businesses have been set up as a result of the programme.

Sessions to swap or repair clothes is one of the things set-up as part of Every One Every Day. Picture: Every One Every Day.Sessions to swap or repair clothes is one of the things set-up as part of Every One Every Day. Picture: Every One Every Day.

The warehouse is at 47 Thames Road, check www.weareeveryone.org/the-warehouse for opening times.

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