Make:Shift 2018 is going to be awesome!

International speaker Tom Llewellyn from Shareable

As we prepare for Make:Shift 2018 (on 17 November 10:00 am – 1:30 pm) we are thrilled to be able to announce that we have managed to secure Tom Llewellyn from Shareable as a speaker at the event. Tom is renowned for his story telling so is bound to be a compelling speaker. Tom has written two books, spoken across the world and is Strategic Partnerships Director at Shareable (an organisation dedicated to all things related to the sharing economy).


Tom has agreed to talk to us at Make:Shift and host a breakout group for us, which is all bound to be absolutely fascinating.

Get your free ticket now

As always, tickets for Make:Shift are absolutely free but are bound to be in demand. Make sure you stay ahead of the game by booking your ticket now.




Bringing Soup to Wolverhampton

Bringing SOUP to Wolverhampton is an invitation to come along to find out more about SOUP (not just the tasty meal version). We are hoping that by sharing this community crowdfunding idea, which started in Detroit, you will feel inspired to be part of the Wolverhampton SOUP organising group!

You can book your free place here


To make SOUP a reality in Wolverhampton, we will need a diverse group of people to help make it happen. Those who can promote events on social media, find artists to showcase their work, organise the food, encouraging people to pitch their idea and many more roles. Basically, if you live or work in Wolverhampton and want to help make it an even greater place to be – please think about coming along to this session!

We will provide some light refreshments, information on what it takes to organise a SOUP, a guest speaker with direct experience and an opportunity to connect with others who have an interest in making positive change in Wolverhampton.
SOUP’s mission is to promote community-based development through crowdfunding, creativity, collaboration, democracy, trust, and fun.

What we hope Wolverhampton SOUP will bring:
• Empowered residents
• New relationships and connections created
• Promote action and change
• Foster critical dialogue
• Create pride in our City or neighbouhood

We are very please to welcome John Goodman, from Dudley SOUP, who will be our guest at the informal session, he will give some insight into the successes and learning from being involved in Dudley SOUP and answer any questions. If you recognise the name, yes it is the same John Goodman who works in Wolverhampton for Big Lottery.
There are successful SOUPs all over the country and we would like to test whether the idea will work for people here in Wolverhampton.
We hope that you are able to come along and find out more!

A trio of treats


The Real Junk Food Cafe

In this blog we’ll be bringing you up to date with three fantastic initiatives:

  1. Crowdfund Wolves 

Well things have certainly moved along at a pace since the launch of Crowdfund Wolves at Make:Shift back in November 2017. Since then we have launched the site more formally at the Light House Media Centre in March. We already have four projects live on the site. You can check them out here. They are all fantastic projects and would all appreciate your support. You can get behind them for as little as £2:00.

We also have a number of other projects in the pipeline. Because interest is so high, we have arranged a special free workshop for anyone with a project idea now or in the future. The workshop will be a practical session going through everything that you need to know to set up a successful crowd funding campaign of your own. It will take place on 1st May at 5:30 p.m. at the Newhampton Arts Centre and you can get your free ticket here. 

If you really can’t wait for that here are some other events to whet your appetite: 

Royal Society of Arts Online Crowdfunding Workshop Thursday 19th April 18:00-19:00 

Our partners in Crowdfund  Wolves, Spacehive, are taking part in an online workshop run the RSA, on crowdfunding. Spacehive will provide an overview and introduction to crowdfunding and will be joined by crowdfunding expert Chris Romer Lee who has successfully run two crowdfunding campaigns. The RSA will also highlight how they can support crowdfunding projects. This will be an interactive event with online breakout sessions! 


 Spacehive’s Webinar: How to run an awesome crowdfunding campaign. Wednesday 25th April 12:00 – 13:00 

Join Spacehive’s Project Success Manager Aggie Morris for her monthly webinar on how to plan, run and deliver a great crowdfunding campaign. In this webinar she will walk you through the steps from creating a project page, to launching and successfully running a crowdfunding campaign. With time for questions and project exploration, this will be an informative and interactive hour.  

 Book HERE


2. The Big Lunch 

On 21 March about 30 of us gathered for a delicious three course vegan meal prepared by the Real Junk Food Café to hear more about the Big Lunch. Diana from the Eden Project gave a fantastic presentation and we shared ideas for things we were planning within our own communities. If you’d like to register your event, you can receive lots of help and resources to do so. 

3. Playing Out 

Working with the Voluntary Sector Council, we are hoping to support local people to arrange activities for children and young people to safely play outside their own front doors as part of the Playing Out initiative. Watch this space for further details. 

Funding News 

Grants of up to £500 are available for events that bring different communities and generations together, and that promote health and wellbeing.



Energy and Inspiration

Energy and inspiration were available in seemingly limitless supplies as over 60 people turned up to enjoy Wolverhampton’s Annual Ideas Festival, Make:Shift.

Participants were treated to an exclusive launch of Crowdfund Wolves, Wolverhampton’s brand new crowdfunding platform. They learnt that any project can be submitted that improves places and spaces in the city and that already four funders have lined up to back projects in Wolverhampton.


Kirsty Kenny from Spacehive launches Crowdfund Wolves

We were lucky to have Diana Vogtel from Eden Communities at the event. She talked about the link between getting involved in your community and being happy.


Diana Vogtel from Eden Communities

We also had local musician and artist, Alex Vann, uniting us all in a participative and lively performance. Alex performs his own material about local characters, current and historical, and he encouraged us to join in with him, even teaching us some British Sign Language along the way. His performance culminated in renditions of George Harrison’s ‘Here Comes the Sun’ and Yusuf Islam’s ‘Wild World’.


Alex Vann in full flow

Alex challenged Make:Shift participants to become his choir and, as you can see from the picture below, quite a few of us rose to the challenge.


The Make:Shift Community Choir

The rest of the day was action packed as people discussed ideas that they would like to turn into reality in more detail. We’ll be sharing these with you as they develop, suffice to say at this stage that there is no shortage of brilliant community ideas in the city.

Indeed many of these were showcased throughout the day, including the Real Junk Food Cafe; Maker-Centric, the Zero Waste Project and Action For Happiness.


The Real Junk Food Cafe


The Zero Waste Project



Participants had the opportunity to take part in some Qi Gung energy exercises or watch inspirational TED videos.

All in all it was an amazing day, fuelled by the inspiration and creativity of the people in attendance. It will be fascinating to watch the various ideas come to fruition over the coming months.

I probably forgot to mention this …

I’ve probably forgotten to mention it, but this Saturday 11 November is Make:Shift., Wolverhampton’s annual ideas festival. 

Don't forget

It really is an event for everyone – if you’re passionate about Wolverhampton; if you’re excited by new ideas; if you have new ideas; if you enjoy networking then this is the event for you. Better still, it’s all free and that includes lunch and all your other refreshments throughout the day.

If you would like to ‘Change Wolverhampton with an Idea’, or would like to hear about other peoples’ ideas then please do come along on Saturday.

Anyone can pitch an idea as long as they are prepared to drive it forward themselves. Great ideas from previous Make:Shifts include the Wolves in Wolves project, The Free Organic Garden and Gatis Community Space, to name a few.

What’s new for 2018? We’ll be launching Wolverhampton’s fantastic new crowdfunding platform – Crowdfund Wolves. If you think you know about crowd funding you might think again when you see this one.

In a major coup, not only are the Eden Project going to be there, we also have fantastic local performer, Alex Vann, doing a performance with a difference. Plus we have the Crafty Gardener, the Wolverhampton Zero Waste Project, 100 Masters and Maker:Centric, all doing some practical afternoon workshops.


Following on from our highly successful Make:Inspiration sessions, we’re going to have a room dedicated to TED and TEDx talks, followed by intriguing discussions and there will be an opportunity to have a go at some wellbeing exercises or find out more about Action for Happiness as part of our all new Make:Space sessions.

As always there will be the chance to pitch your idea, or find out about other peoples’. 

The tickets are free. We’re even throwing in a free lunch and refreshments throughout the day.


The event is on Saturday 11 November. It starts at 10:00 a.m. and finishes at 4:00 and is at the Bob Jones Community Hub, Bromley Street, Blakenhall, Wolverhampton.

Book your free ticket today and don’t forget our amazing Make:Inspiration session at Wildbytes Café on Thursday 9th November 12:00 for 12:30 where once again we will enjoy a fab TED or TEDx video over a coffee and, very possibly, a piece of cake.  


Make:Shift is shaping up to be wonderful

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I can’t believe how brilliantly Make:Shift is shaping up for this year. Not only has the city suddenly become alive with some incredible, fantastic and creative ideas (and you’ll have to turn up to hear about them), we also have the launch of Crowdfund Wolves, Wolverhampton’s new crowdfunding platform, plus a glittering array of very special guests. (That includes you, by the way). Not only are the Eden Project going to be there, we also have fantastic local performer, Alex Vann, doing something a bit different for you. 

As always there will be the chance to pitch your idea, or find out about other peoples’. 

We have also recently confirmed that 100 Masters, Maker:Centric, the Crafty Gardener, the Zero Waste Project and Kindness Rocks will be there. And because we care about you, we want to make sure that you’re taking the time to look after yourself. So you can take part in some Qi Gung (it’s a bit like Tai Chi) and Meditation sessions as part of our all new Make:Space sessions. 

As if that wasn’t enough, the tickets are free. We’re even throwing in a free lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

So what are you waiting for? Book your free ticket today.


Frankly you’d be potty not to, if you don’t mind me saying so.


Have we tempted you yet?

As Make:Shift draws ever closer, I thought I’d remind you what you might be missing if you haven’t booked your free ticket yet.

  • You’ll get a chance to discuss ideas to make Wolverhampton an even better place
  • There will be the exclusive launch of Wolverhampton’s new crowdfunding site, Crowdfund Wolves
  • Fabulous local talent, Alex Vann will giving a performance not be missed
  • You’ll get help on making your idea a reality
  • Then there’s cake. There’s always cake


And that’s just the morning.

Follow the crowd from Crowdfund Wolves and get your FREE ticket here