In the build up to this year's Make:Shift organisers are aiming to inspire a host of new ideas through monthly Make:Inspiration sessions.

They will take place in the upstairs room at the WildBytes Café on Darlington Street in the City of Wolverhampton, from 12.30pm on Thursdays - the first on 10 August.

The sessions will provide the opportunity for people to grab lunch and/or a drink while viewing 18 minute TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) videos, with the opportunity for a follow up discussion with like minded folk, up until 2pm.

TED talks share the best ideas from the annual TED Conference with the world, and Make:Inspiration will be kicking off with a funny story about a Gangster Gardener.

By watching some inspirational videos and talking about them, the organisers are hoping it will generate some great ideas to put into action in the City of Wolverhampton.

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: "Make:Inspiration is designed to kick start ideas that can be nurtured and can be further enhanced at Make:Shift.

"At Make:Shift people are genuinely interested in hearing about and getting behind any idea, big or small, that will make Wolverhampton a better place to live.

"If you have an idea, I'd urge you to get involved and join a network of friendly and like minded people who can help you to turn your vision into a reality."

Saffi Price of Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council added: "Make:Shift is an exciting opportunity for anyone in the city who has an idea and wants to take small actions toward creating their imagined Wolverhampton.

"There are opportunities for people to participate in any or all of the activities, share inspiration, share skills, connect and create; it is all encompassed within Make:Shift." 

Future Make:Inspiration Thursday sessions will take place on 14 September, 12 October, and 9 November.

Make:Shift encourages city residents to make a positive change in their street, community and city through an idea.

Participants receive support, and can get involved in workshops designed to inspire people to create or enhance their ideas.

This year's Make:Shift event will take place on Saturday 11 November, between 10am and 4pm, at the Bob Jones Community Hub, Bromley Street, Blakenhall.

Ideas from previous Make:Shift events that have taken off, include:

  • A campaign called 'Love My City', aimed at countering some of the negative press Wolverhampton sometimes receives
  • Mental Spaces, providing support for both emerging and established artists through consultation space, free mentoring, arts library and database, photography studio, free exhibition space to display work and an online social media presence
  • Gatis Community Space, full of events for children and families, and encourages local residents to plant native wildflowers to create a wild flower corridor between the Gatis Street Building and Wildside Activity Centre
  • Camera Obscura, has developed a camera obscura within the grounds of Boundary Way Community Gardens and Allotments - a small, quiet contemplative space made with organic materials and deeply connected to nature

All creators are supported by the council's service development team to implement their ideas.

For more information about Make:Shift please contact Sam Axtell (Tuesdays to Thursdays) on 01902 554918 or email

  • released: Tuesday 8 August, 2017