Our Offers & Events

Make It Happen is an open community hub and shop situated in the heart of Market Street in Birkenhead for everyone to use.
It is a welcoming safe place to come and enjoy and spend time in.

Activities and Workshops

Saturday's, 9:30am - 1:30pm
Wirral Hair Therapy

Wirral Hair Therapy

The chaos and bustle of everyday life seems relentless at times it can really wear out a person. So, where can you go to escape the bustle? All for a pay as you feel donation!

Wirral Hair Therapy! A place where you can go to unwind, have a chat, relax, where time slows down and all the craziness disappears. Fancy a relaxing haircut? Pop into the shop on Saturdays between 9:30 - 13:30 for a coffee a chat and a new do!

Tuesday's & Friday's, 10am - 4pm
Roxy's Repairs

Roxy's Repairs

Roxy is our tailor at Make it Happen. She'll do everything from up-cycling clothing to hemming, alterations and simple repairs. This is done on a pay as you feel arrangement in the form of a donation. You can contact Roxy directly at roksisakwi@gmail.com or call her on 07476664148.

Additionally, you can pop in on Tuesdays and Fridays to see her in-shop if you're local and have a specific request. Need some clothing tinkering? Come and see Roxy.

Wednesday's, 10am - 1pm
Eco Bricks

Eco Bricks

Here at Make it Happen, we beleive that everything has it's place. We run regular Eco brick sessions every Wednesday from 10am all the way until 12:30. Ecobricks are reusable building blocks made from plastic bottles packed with plastic. Not only does it help the environment, it allows people to build garden spaces, walls and structures!

Thursdays, 1pm – 2pm
Guitar Sessions

Guitar Sessions

The Make it Happen guitar sessions were created for people to try something new, in a relaxed atmosphere - whether just a hobby or progressing to something more amazing! During the six weeks you will look at every aspect of leaning to play guitar and receive a pack of resource materials too. By the end you will be playing and maybe even singing along to your own songs.

All places need to be booked by contacting the team and are totally FREE to join. Make it Happen operates on a Pay As You Feel basis so any donations are welcomed and appreciated.

Thursday 3rd & 10th, 10am – 12:30pm
Mural Painting

Mural Painting

On a Thursday we are privileged that Fred a local artist has recruited members of Spider Project alongside a local ex-art teacher to create and paint a mural that depicts the iconic buildings of Hamilton Quarters.  For more information or to let us know when you’re attending, please get in touch.

Fridays, 2pm – 4pm
Food Sampling

Food Sampling

On Fridays at Make it Happen this month, we have food sampling using all fresh, dried and tinned foods. It’s something you can easily pick up and can be a valuable skill for any member of the community. The best part of this? Recipe cards will be available for all the recipes that are provided. For more information or to let us know when you’re attending, please get in touch.

Wednesday 2nd, 9th & 16th, 2pm – 4pm
Drama Sessions

Drama Sessions

On Wednesdays we are delighted to be in partnership with Collective Encounters who specialize in theatre for social change through collaborative practice. Join us for storytelling, soapbox moments and sharing your ideas as well as telling us what’s important to you. For more information or to let us know when you’re attending, please get in touch.

Pay as you feel shop

Pay As You Feel ShopThe shop provides an opportunity to any person to purchase items including clothing, shoes, bags, books, CDs, DVDS on a pay as you feel model. This means that people pay what they feel or what they can 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 another’s persons wellbeing 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.

A social supermarket

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 supermarkets environment.

Community settings work placements

Sign Language TeamWe host work placements for Community members, university or college students, Princes Trust or Duke of Edinburgh volunteers who wishes to learn about....

Retail and Busines
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 your 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

Community hub

Sign Language TeamThis space provides an offer to the community.

Seating for up to 10 people.
Wheelchair friendly.
Tables and Chairs provided.
Additional breakaway space.
Disabled facilities.
Tea and Coffee making facilities.
Assistance from staff.
Light open space.
Free WiFi Internet for the community

The use of the hub has been taken up by a number of groups formed by members of the community for the community to address loneliness, share skills and most importantly have fun such as beginner guitar sessions, and mural painting workshops. There have been other opportunities delivered from the area such as pop up events relevant to the community delivered by local organisations and also coffee mornings and staff training.

Business pop up space

MIH Front

The same space can be used as a ‘Business Pop up Space’ where local people can test small business ideas and ventures such as pay as you feel haircuts and clothing repairs.

The aim is to give individual’s a platform without the additional commitments that can become cumbersome in the early stages of business. 

Alternative trading

MIH Front

This offer is to provide people within the community the opportunity to sell their own products in a trusted and uncomplicated environment, using a free space and having a pop up venue to do this from. There may be an opportunity to see how this could become a co- productive relationship with Make it Happen.