Radio MakeFest

Meet The Makers – Little Sandbox

Only a couple of days to Liverpool MakeFest now and here’s the final podcast I can squeeze in before the big day. Our first repeat guest on the show as I went to see Little Sandbox but this time at their new home of Norris Green Library in Liverpool.

A wide photo of the new space at Norris Green Library
Little Sandbox at Norris Green Library

I spoke to the project organisers Helen, Chris and Snoof about what they do, the impact it has and how things have changed since last year when I interviewed them for season 1. The new location is much bigger as you’ll be able to see from the photo. It’s all accessible and the resources the library provide are fantastic.

I stayed for the club to meet some of the parents and kids who take part. You’ll be able to hear some short interviews with them as well. Firstly I spoke to Sarah who’s son attends the club. Then I chatted with Owen who’s a regular at Little Sandbox and a budding inventor! Trust me he’s got some great ideas, he’s already invented 3 robots. Finally I also chatted with Sue, another of the parents about why she likes the club and what her son gets from it.

The project is doing great things and just being their for a couple of hours I could see how much work and dedication it takes from all involved. The kids love it though and are learning things, playing and making friends in a safe friendly environment.

If you have a child you think might enjoy the club then find out more at the website and there’s the workshop for adults too. So it’s all just for kids.

Come along to Liverpool MakeFest and meet the Little Sandbox gang for yourself on June 29th 2019!! Get your tickets now.

It’s going to be EPIC!

Dan

Meet The Makers – Project Linus

Project Linus logoIt’s the final week before Liverpool MakeFest but if you think I can’t squeeze in more podcasts you’re very much mistaken. I have 2 more episodes to share with you and here’s the first of them. Season 2 episode 7 and this time our guest is Caroline Fogell who organises the Liverpool chapter of Project Linus.

Project Linus is an international organisation of volunteers who make patchwork quilts and blankets to be given to children free of charge. Children in hospitals and care homes, the homeless and anyone else who could benefit. The blankets offer comfort and let them know someone cares.

An example blanket
One of the blankets Project Linus has produced.

Caroline tells us about the movement and how she became involved. Also how she got into crafting, what they’ll be doing at MakeFest and much more.

…and yes, you guessed right. It is named after the character from the Peanuts cartoons, famous for always having his comfort blanket.

Check out the Project Linus UK website to find out more. Along with the Facebook page.

There’s also the international organisation if you live further afield.

Come along to Liverpool MakeFest on June 29th 2019!! Get your tickets now. Tune in next time where I’ll be chatting to another amazing Maker, you can subscribe and get the shows delivered using the widget in the sidebar or the button below!

Dan

Meet The Makers – Mike Gorman

Mike Gorman sat at a desk with one of his synths
Mike demonstrating one of his synths
Here we go again with season 2 episode 6 of Radio MakeFest and this time I chatted with Mike Gorman of the Liverpool Synthesizer Meet at DOES Liverpool about building analogue synthesizers and how he got into it.

Mike will be displaying some of the synths he’s built on the DOES Liverpool stand at Liverpool MakeFest. So you can go along and see them for yourself, chat to Mike and maybe even have a little go if you ask him nicely. He’s also one of the organisers in DOES and regularly donates his time to help out fixing things around the space.

Liverpool Synthesizer Meet happens on a Saturday every couple of months at DOES Liverpool. Usually the 2nd Saturday of the month to coincide with a Maker Day event. The next being August 2019 at the time of writing.

You can look up the event on Facebook. Head down and chat to other synth heads. Here’s a link to a recent one.

Come along to Liverpool MakeFest on June 29th 2019!! Get your tickets now. Tune in next time where I’ll be chatting to another amazing Maker, you can subscribe and get the shows delivered using the widget in the sidebar or the button below!

Dan