Co-working Wednesdays

Whatever your role, sector, areas of interest or experience, if you value collaboration, openness and community you’re warmly invited to join the CoLab Dudley community as a co-worker.

If you’re feeling a little bereft of support, or would welcome bouying up, where better to work than in the Inspiration Lab at Gather on a Co-working Wednesday?

We have welcoming hosts, free wifi, and a lovely space that we have created by hand. This is pop-up co-working, so don’t expect office style desks or chairs. It is an experiment, it is completely free, and as the co-working community grows we can explore ideas and opportunities for co-working spaces in Dudley.

Feel free to bring your own food and drink into the Inspiration Lab. You can also buy hot and cold drinks (including great coffee) and a spot of lunch in gather coffee shop.

Co-working Wednesdays data
  • 8 co-working sessions took place between February and May 2017.
  • 15 co-workers have connected through co-working in the Inspiration Lab.
  • They include people who work in communications, arts production, social investment, photography, research, community projects.
  • Co-workers include freelancers, mangers, charity workers and creatives.

Inspiration and global collective

Co-working is a global movement started in 2005 by freelancers. Co-working spaces are created around the idea of community building and sustainability.

Sustainability in a co-working community is about supporting, nourishing, about “buoying up” our fellow co-workers. It’s about giving, about contributing, for it is through these actions that the community itself – made up of individual people – is sustained.  Much of this happens organically, serendipitously, as members of a co-working community work in close proximity to each other. Conversation turns into collaboration. (From Coworking Core Values)

Bringing co-working to Dudley borough


In 2012 and 2013 we experimented with Jelly, informal pop-up co-working. We started in a coffee shop space Brierley Hill and then a local enthusiast took the idea to a pub Stourbridge. Some great connections were made, and as people moved forward with other projects the sessions ceased. But the idea and the experience stuck… which is why we now have Co-working Wednesdays in Dudley.