A repair cafe, clothes upcycling course, a range of cookery, craft and DIY workshops – these are just some of the current and planned workshops and courses at The Mix community space on Mill Street Wantage, as it continues to add to the number of local groups and activities it hosts.

mix-juice-bag-handlesThese activities and more will be part of a newly-agreed autumn term programme with Abingdon & Witney College and the Skills Funding Agency following on from the success of an initial programme earlier this year. More than 150 people took part as students in the courses and workshops in the first programme, and the College and the Skills Funding Agency has agreed to continue funding adult learning opportunities in The Mix for the coming academic year.

The Mix co-ordinator, Jo Harvey, says: “It’s fantastic to be able to offer so many activities which can help people upcycle, recycle, repair and share. We are hugely grateful to Abingdon & Witney College and the Skills Funding agency as their support means we are able to invite highly skilled and enthusiastic tutors, and also that we can offer free or subsidised places on workshops and courses so everyone can get involved!”

Refurbished by community volunteers and local tradespeople and opened as a community space in December 2013, The Mix has been run by the local Community Action Group (CAG) Sustainable Wantage ever since. From September through to November students will be able to try their hand at a host of exciting courses, including upholstery, vegetarian cooking, DIY pallet workshops, and a Refashion course with ethical fashion blogger and guest lecturer at London College of Fashion, Emma Summerscales.

Carole Millard, Skills and Learning Commissioning Officer at Abingdon & Witney College, says: “Abingdon & Witney College is delighted to be able to provide Sustainable Wantage with Skills Funding Agency funding to continue their exciting and innovative programme of green-themed courses and workshops at The Mix community space. Participants last year reported that they had had a lot of fun, met interesting people and learnt new skills. I would definitely encourage people in Wantage and the surrounding area to find out more. You can be sure of a very warm welcome at Thmix-marion-dubois-pallet-workshope Mix if you take part in one of their events!

For dates and full details of all the Mix events, visit https://thewantagemix.wordpress.com/calendar/, follow The Mix on Facebook, or contact Jo Harvey via joharvey100@gmail.com or phone 07768 767787.

Pictured: 1. Pauline Henshall at the ‘weave a bag from Tetrapaks day’; 2. Image by Marion Dubois: Jonathan Cox (tutor), left, with Kelly Smith, right, building a shoe rack from leftover pallets donated by Grove Co-op.

For more information email Mim Norvell via mimnorvell@gmail.com or call Mim on 07969 797322, or email Iain Nicholson via iain@prbi.co.uk or call 07930 453883.