Joining Makespace

Membership of Makespace costs £40 a month, and gives 24-hour access to the space and all the equipment. Membership is open to individuals aged over 18, and is for a minimum of 3 months. Members must abide by the Makespace rules.

Before joining, please come and have a look round the space if you have not already done so. This is important as we want you to know what you’re signing up for before you join. You can come to one of our weekly ‘See the space’ events, or another public event – see our Calendar, or get a friend who is a member to show you round at any time. If you can’t make any of those times, contact us to arrange to visit another time.

Induction

If you like what you see (you will, we’re sure!), you should book a place on a New Members’ Induction. These are held a few times a month and are also found on the Calendar. If there are no inductions listed at present, we are probably busy scheduling some more which will be listed soon. The induction will cover essential safety information and you will be given our Membership Agreement to sign. The induction takes about an hour and a half.

Before coming to the induction you’ll need to set up a monthly subscription payment using a credit or debit card, using the subscription page. Do this on the day of the induction, as the first payment will be taken straight away. The event details for the induction (when you sign up) will have details of what you will need to bring.

After the induction

After your induction you will be given a keyfob and we will verify your postal address by sending you a codeword. Once we get that back via e-mail, your keyfob will be enabled, giving you 24-hour access to the space. Some pieces of equipment have their own training session which you will need to complete before you use them. You can arrange training once your initial induction is complete.

We are keen to make sure that we are as inclusive as we can be. This process was devised by the founding member community at a planning meeting after a long conversation about vetting, security and safety, as well as being influenced by strong advice from other hackspaces. If you have any questions about membership, or any problem with booking an induction or becoming a member, please get in touch with us, on membership (at) makespace (dot) org, or our other contact details.

Cancellation and changes

Once you are a member your subscription is renewed from month to month. If you need to change your details (e.g. card details, address, e-mail etc) you can do so here. If you want to cancel your subscription you can do it at the same link; it is helpful if you can also let us know by emailing membership (at) makespace.org. 30 days’ notice is required to terminate membership, and no refunds will be issued. We will generally disable your access fob after your next subscription payment would have been due.

After your minimum 3-month membership, if you are going away for a few months you may be able to “park” your membership until you return. Please contact membership (at) makespace.org if you want to do this.

Complaints and problems

If you have any concerns or complaints about the service you receive from Makespace Cambridge Limited, or about anything you have seen in the space, please e-mail management makespace.org.

Founder Members

Makespace was founded with the support of 64 Founder Members, who paid £250 before Makespace was open, in exchange for 6 months of membership including early access to the space and involvement in planning and building the space and community. We are very grateful to all the Founder Members who made Makespace possible and who helped shape the space, kit and community. A full list of Founder Members is on display at Makespace.