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Are you free on Friday or Saturday or both? Come along to Lighthouse to have a say in how we improve things in Wolverhampton

Make-SHIFT will be staged at the Light House in Wolverhampton city centre on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September 2012.  Over two days, the event will surface ideas and attract mentors and champions who can take these forward. Facilitators will help participants develop project ideas that will give communities confidence they can change things and make a difference.

People from all over Wolverhampton have shown that they are ready to change their city with an idea ahead of the ground-breaking Make-SHIFT event on 21 and 22 September.

Sam Axtell, Wolverhampton City Council’s Consultation and Community Involvement Officer said: “The response to Make-SHIFT from across the city has been phenomenal.

A few weeks ago, we asked people to suggest ideas for improving life in Wolverhampton that local communities could own and develop for themselves over the two days of the Make-SHIFT event.

With the help of a public vote through the Make-SHIFT website, www.maketheshift.org , we’ve managed to whittle the scores of great ideas we’ve had down to just four.

We’d have loved to take forward even more to develop, but with only two days to play with we had to be realistic.

As it is, the four ideas – Free Organic Gardens, Wolvopedia, Gap Fillers and Scribble and Scribe – cover an enormous range of activities that could be of real benefit to Wolverhampton.

Free Organic Gardens would see parcels of disused land across the city turned into a network of organic vegetable gardens, while Wolvopedia would turn Wolverhampton into a ‘Wikipedia city’, raising its profile round the world.

The third idea, Gap Fillers, could lead to more imaginative use of empty shops and spaces in the city centre. The fourth, Scribble and Scribe – is a real grass-roots initiative, where volunteers would help people who struggle with paperwork to tackle official forms.

Anyone who’d like to take part in developing these ideas can come along to Make-SHIFT – all you have to do to become a member of a team is to apply for a free ticket at www.maketheshift.org .

We’d particularly like to hear from web designers and developers who could help out with Wolvopedia and Scribble and Scribe, but everyone who cares about their city will be more than welcome”.

Notes for Editors:

  1. Hosted by FutureGov, Make-SHIFT will be staged at the Light House in Wolverhampton city centre on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September 2012. Over two days, the event will surface ideas and attract mentors and champions who can take these forward. Facilitators will help participants develop project ideas that will give communities confidence they can change things and make a difference.
  1. FutureGov (www.wearefuturegov.com) specialises in advising local councils and their partners on new ways to drive social innovation and change. FutureGov has delivered nationwide LocalBySocialevents, CityCampLDN and ‘Interactivism hack-days’ for Google.
  1. Make-SHIFT will follow a model used successfully in Nottingham, Brighton and London.
  1. Make-SHIFT is supported by the University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton City Council and other local organisations.
  1. For more information, contact Sam Axtell, Wolverhampton City Council’s Consultation and Community Involvement Officer on 01902 554 918, e-mail sam.axtell@wolverhampton.gov.uk or visit www.maketheshift.org.

Issued by Wolverhampton City Council’s Corporate Communications Team on behalf of FutureGov and the Make-SHIFT event partner organisations.

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