About Us

The Warburton Makers group is an incorporated, not for profit innovation and entrepreneurial charity that has skills access at the heart of its mission. We believe giving access to skilled knowledge enables the synergy of possibilities for individuals, and communities to solve their own “needs” based problems and in turn engenders community connectedness and community resilience.

Statements central to our mission are:

  • By allowing access to skilled knowledge communities have the power and resources to solve their own “needs” based problems
  • Training /learning is best achieved “in context”
  • All community members have skills they can offer the community
  • Skills access is a right and essential to personal and community development, regardless of LGBTIQ status, disability, or religious or racial affiliation
  • Skills access leads to community connectedness and community resilience
  • Resilient communities are able to care for their own and their environment
  • A maker centre is the best place for skill access
  • A maker centre is the best place for business incubation
  • A maker centre is the best place for innovation and entrepreneurial development
  • Giving is central to being connected and a potent antidote to isolation

Warburton Makers Group focuses on 2 main skill domains (WMG has already covered many of these disciplines in our workshops):

Manual Hand Skills, including

  • Painting
  • Arts and Craft
  • Wood Working
  • Metal work/Welding
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Jewellery Making
  • Sculpture Making
  • Metal smelting
  • Textiles
  • Recycling of material

3D Design and Technology skills areas, including:

  • Electronics (Including general electronics, e-textiles, Arduino and Raspberry Pi and others)
  • 3D Scanning
  • 3D Printing
  • Laser Cutting and Etching
  • Projection Mapping techniques, light and sound
  • Graphic and Web Design
  • UAV technology (Drones).

These skill areas are presented across three different age groups:

• Children of ages 5 to 12 years

• Youth in the age range of 12 years to 19 years

• Adults 19 years and above.

Our current projects by breakdown of age group include:

Kids (ages 5 to 12)

Redwood Kids

Alternate Tuesdays and Thursdays the Warburton Makers Group is working with the children of the Redwood kid’s programs. Our activities here range from traditional arts and crafts to more modern technology- related areas of learning. These include electronics, and 3D printing and computing. All activities are performed in an age appropriate manner. We are also occasionally working with the Redwood drop-in session youth.

Arcade Console

Warburton Makers Group has been helping the kids of the Redwood Program assemble an arcade console that will be donated to the kids of the Redwood centre when complete. The kids will be assembling the wooden frame and adding the switches, joysticks and wires themselves. This is all done with adult supervision.

Youth (ages 12 to 19)

At present there are no youth programs running. Programs that are in the planning stage include:

Redwood Drop-in:

Occasional sessions with Redwoods Drop-in session youth. (ages 12-15). Much the same activities are done here as with the Redwood Kids program.

Drone Club:

Design, build and fly drones (UAVs) that the members have built themselves.

Coder Dojo (With Eastern Regional Libraries):

Engage with and extend the current coder Dojo program with ERL (Eastern Regional Libraries). With our help the Eastern Regional Library service will be able to extend its coder dojo program to Yarra Junction, Lilydale and perhaps Belgrave.

Adults (Ages 19 and above)

Maker-Space @ Art Centre, Warburton

Thursday nights between 7 pm and 10 pm we run our Makers space at the Supper Room of the Arts centre, Warburton. Here we have the ability to explore a range of activities involving arts and crafts but also electronics, 3D design and 3D Printing. This is mainly for adults; however, kids are very welcome.