TECH 5 is a partnership project between the Western Health Trust and Fablab Nerve Centre which develops positive mental health outcomes for clients suffering from persistent mental health issues around isolation, depression and anxiety. Participants are supported to co-design an OCN accredited programme of digital making that sees them developing social and collaborative skills alongside digital and creative ones.

The project has developed an intervention model which has seen participants publicly exhibiting their work and delivers measurable outcomes around mental health and wellbeing. The model has been presented as a best practice exemplar by the Trust at an international Mental Health conference and demonstrates the wider benefits that Fablab’s can bring to communities.