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Getting creative in our Innovation Lab


Coleford Library is hosting a special session for local schools and businesses from the Forest of Dean and beyond.

On Wednesday 11th July, groups of school children from Ellwood Community Primary and Yorkley primary will spend the day getting creative with a wide range of equipment including micro computing kits, 3D printers, scanners and software, Virtual Reality and a digital sewing machine.

The afternoon session will see representatives from local businesses given the opportunity to see what the technology and support offered by the Innovation Labs can mean for them.

The initiative is in collaboration with GFirst LEP who are bringing their The Growth Hub service to the county council’s 31 strong countywide library network.

Dedicated zones in each of the county libraries offer support to local businesses and entrepreneurs, including signposting to the Innovation Lab at Coleford where clients are given the opportunity to use the very latest technology including 3D printing facilities.

The Innovation Lab’s equipment will be available through hire and membership, alongside a range of free sessions which will be open to all.

 Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member for public health and communities at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The Innovation Labs are a really exciting way to expand and develop the services we offer from our  libraries.

“Coleford has been the launch pad for this new initiative, but we’ll be bringing it to libraries across the county so local children and businesses can find out just what new technology could mean to them.”

Cllr Carole Allaway-Martin local county councillor for Coleford said “I hope this session will help both local residents and local businesses see some of the potential that our Innovation Labs can unlock within themselves and get them inspired.

“If you are thinking about setting up or already run a local business and you want help to make it grow, why not call into your local library where staff will be able to help you access available support.”

The libraries service are also looking for skilled volunteers, experienced with fashion and textile design, 3D design or coding to help support the Innovation Lab.

If you’re interested then get in touch through, drop into the library or call 01594 822581 to get involved

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