The Loughborough Skill Share Network, set up by Transition Loughborough to help people of the town exchange skills and knowledge, is starting to run regular Saturday morning taster sessions. Sharing skills is seen as a way of spreading ideas and improving the resilience of the town – the more we can make, mend and grow locally ourselves, the less we need to rely on increasingly expensive transport to bring to us. The sharing of skills also helps to bring communities together within the town, and lets the old learn from the young as well as the other way round.
The taster sessions start from Saturday 26th January and run from 10.30am to 11.30am in the meeting room at the rear of Loughborough Public Library. The tasters are intended to give a 10 minute introduction to a subject that someone would like to share with you. If you like the look of the topic you can then sign up for full workshops, classes or meetings. The taster sessions will vary from week to week and will cover a wide variety of topics such seed swapping, making your own reusable Morsbag shopping bags from scrap material and understanding your energy bills.
Steve King, the LSSN organiser, will be on hand to discuss the LSSN aims and how you could be a part of it, either by sharing skills you have with others, or by attending groups to pick up new skills yourself. The groups are not necessarily “classes” as you’d find in school – the way the skills are taught is up to the person sharing them and the people that want to learn. Its education for the people, to the people, by the people!
If you’re interested in teaching and/or learning skills, why not sign up to our page on the Greeniversity website? Here you can find out about classes that are already planned, sign up to attend classes or suggest subjects for new classes that you could share. We aim to make attending a workshop free, or at most minimal cost (just covering the cost of the materials and/or venue).