AN exciting social enterprise project has launched in Dudley town centre which promises to give people the space and tools to learn practical skills.

Dudley Makerspace is now open in David's Cave 2 on Trindle Road, thanks to the hard work of founder John Parman and volunteers who have donated their money, time and tools to make the idea a reality.

£20,000 worth of tools have been donated to the project, including high-wattage engraving lasers, pottery kiln, lathes, industrial sewing machines, and a metal mill.

The project aims to provide members across the Black Country with affordable access to equipment and training so they can learn new skills for life and gain hobbies.

Explaining his inspiration for the project, John said: "I have a deep love for the Black Country and my experience as a fundraiser inevitably influences everything I do, so I decided to see how far I could take this good idea.

"Dudley Makerspace now has 1,000 square feet at David's Cave 2 and I am now working to increase the size to 8,000 to 10,000 square feet."

The space is now open but needs more help to become fully operational.

John said: "Moving an industrial sewing machine safely is not something most people want to do. I am asking for help for this and other equipment.

"Why hide that I am asking for money? Everyone wants affordable education and social mobility options. This is a major move at helping people of all ages live longer, more fulfilling lives and save money."

Anyone who makes a cash donation to the project will receive membership at Makerspace, which can also be transferred to another person.

Dudley Makerspace members can also sell the wares they create at several Dudley charity shops, including David's Cave, and other stores owned by Makerspace members.

John also has ambitious plans for the future of the site, with the addition of a creche, sensory room and performance space lined up.

For more information search for Dudley Makerspace on Facebook.