In autumn 2015 we teamed up with JustGiving Crowdfunding and created #MakeHappeners, a campaign to help people do good things in their community.

We pledged £200 to qualifying local community projects and shared information with them on how to get their projects started.

Make Happeners supported by Make Happeners, Ikano Bank and Just Giving Crowdfunding

Here’s Anna, Jon and Eva’s stories, three of Nottingham’s #MakeHappeners

Local food by local people

Anna is a Nottingham Make Happener who helped renovate a community kitchen, bringing the benefits of eating healthy and locally produced food to her neighbours. As part of the Notts Nosh Artisan Producers, Anna wanted a better kitchen space to help them with their public education and engagement programme. They needed a space that was suitable for hosting local food workshops, ‘Meet the Producer’ events and as well as a place the community could hire out at an affordable rate.

Through the #MakeHappeners programme Anna was able to raise enough to pay for the phase one renovation works of a new community kitchen. Phase two – to equip the kitchen – kicked off in autumn. Anna found the whole experience very positive and was really overwhelmed by the support that people gave the project, leaving her with a really strong feeling of being part of the community.

A brighter play area

Eva works at the Nottingham Central Women’s Aid, which supports women and children fleeing domestic abuse. Each year they provide essential safe accommodation and support to around 40 women and 48 children. The centres grey and rundown play areas for the children desperately needed a revamp so Eva applied to #MakeHappeners to raise the money.

They exceeded their target of £500 which was quickly turned into seeds, compost, gardening equipment and paint. They even had enough to commission a local artist to create a mosaic.

The whole area has completely changed. The members of the centre can now grow vegetables – beans, tomatoes, herbs; the children enjoy picking the fruits of their labour and the mums use them for cooking. The fundraising process was a great success in Eva’s eyes; not only were they able to redo both areas and create a more welcoming space for the children, but it encouraged people to engage in and find out more about the centre. A win-win.

A clubhouse to be proud of

Having been a part of West Bridgford Sports Club in Nottingham for 11 years, Jon wanted to help create a space that its members could be proud of.

The club is vital for the area; run entirely by volunteers it is home to 600 rugby and cricket members, regularly playing host to teams from across the region. Unfortunately, the clubhouse was run down and dilapidated.

In summer 2014 the club underwent major structural renovation but there was no funding left for furniture or equipment. Feeling like they’d exhausted all other fundraising routes Jon and the other members weren’t sure where to go next. Then in autumn the #MakeHappeners crowdfunding programme came to the rescue and the club reached their £2700 target within ten days. Jon feels their success was down to the way people could see other people coming together to make a real difference to the community.

The club is now beautifully furnished and members have a space that they can enjoy and feel proud of.

To find out what else we do visit our Ikano in the community page