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Our Offers & Events

Make It Happen has a community shop and place of contribution (community hub) both situated in the heart of Market Street in Birkenhead for everyone to use.

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Pay as you Feel Shop

The shop provides an opportunity to any person to purchase items including clothing, shoes, bags, books, CDs, DVDS on a pay as you feel basis. This means that people pay what they feel or what they can afford - in other words a donation for any item, this is to ensure that the experience people have is a dignified one.

Our team members are then able to encourage individuals to remember the shop when they and family are emptying their wardrobes and getting rid of items. Not only does make people feel part of something but no matter where they are in their lives, they also feel they are contributing to the wellbeing of others by giving something back.

If people cannot pay for an item, the team have the option to be flexible with kindness and use discretion to look at the assets and skills of the person. It maybe that they pay in clothing or other items as an exchange, they may put the kettle on and give a few hours of help to be with the team members and enjoy the atmosphere of the shop, do some cleaning or ironing or leaflet drop and this list is not exhaustive.  

On some occasions for example when a local resident has a job interview or funeral and cannot afford a new suit or outfit, we have loaned them on a trust basis and this has been very productive for ongoing relationships with customers. They become lifelong friends of the shop and advocate for the model.

We will also gift clothing to people who are in difficult personal circumstances too as a gesture of good will and again this has been impactful to people and our journey.

 

Social Supermarket

The Social Supermarket model varies from place to place however on Wirral through Feeding Birkenhead supporting Wirral movement they all maintain a similar approach, social supermarkets are distinct from food banks in that individual pays for their groceries, although at large discounts.

Make It Happen host a 5 star Food Hygiene rated Social Supermarket, where supplies of food and other items are sourced collaboratively and shared to ensure nothing goes to waste.

Through doing this and talking to customers and members of the community it has highlighted that it reduces anxiety relating to multiples choices i.e. pasta as well as the personal anxiety of being in a big supermarket environment.

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Work Placements

We host work placements for Community members, university or college students, Prince's Trust or Duke of Edinburgh volunteers who wish to learn about....

  • Retail and Business

  • Asset Based Community Development

  • Community Development

  • Social Media and Marketing

  • Social Value Impact

  • Networking and Connecting

We are very proud to be a local ‘Disability Confident Employer’ and because of this we have been successful in hosting a number of placements for Mencap, Wirral Metropolitan College and Autism Together so please get in touch if you wish to explore. Have a read at some feedback from our 6-week work placement members from The University of Chester about their experience at Make It Happen.

“To all of the team at Make it Happen. Thank you all so much for the 5 weeks! You have been nothing but amazing thank you for all the laughs, support and encouragement; by far the best team ever. I can’t thank you enough for how amazing you’ve been – you’ve all taught me so much and given the best experience ever! I look forward to see you in the summer!"
Megan, University of Chester

“To Amy and everybody at Make it Happen.  Thanks for all your help the past few weeks it’s been an amazing experience and I’ve enjoyed being part of the team and getting to know everyone. Best wishes for the future.”
Bethany, University of Chester

 

A Place of Contribution

This is based close to Make It Happen, at

34 Argyle Street, Birkenhead, CH41 6AE

 

In this ‘Place of Contribution’ we will fully develop an inclusive offer to bring people together and build strong relationships through activities and events.

 

We will connect the many different aspects of our community with each other around common interests. Our new premises activity will be designed to support our community’s recovery from COVID and promote resilience, well-being, friendship and hope. 

A community reference group steer the activity in the Place of Contribution. 

 

The space is open, vibrant and welcoming with seating, drinks facilities, activity resources, wifi and computer use, wheelchair acessible

Monthly information will come out for the community to see.  

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Extending Experiences

Make It Happen have been successful in a second ESF funded programme called 'Extending Experiences'. 

 

We would like to invite individual who wish to come on a personally tailored journey.  To have a raft of experiences, firstly to enable people to start safely getting involved in the community and having fun as well as finding the what makes them happy, to grow their assets to do something meaningful for example volunteering, education or work. 

 

Individual's must be over 18, on universal credit and we would like to especially welcome community members from the BAME community, those with learning difficulties and those over 50. 

We are working particularly closely with our partners who provide support those specific groups to ensure  all element's of each participants journey is positive, enjoyable and culturally respectful.

 

If you have any questions or know someone who would like to come on Extending Experiences please contact Steph and Rachel on 

 

info@makeithappenbirkenhead.co.uk 

07458302051

07458301802