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The Old Print Works has been active in Balsall Heath now for over 6 years. it is run by a local charity, Make it sustainable ltd. We are reinvesting what we can in improving the building to be a long-lasting community resource.
MAKE IT SUSTAINABLE CHARITY
We are a community that believes in the transformative power of making, connecting, creativity and skill sharing towards a resilient, sustainable and cooperative future.
The Old Print Works is an old industrial heritage building that was vacated in 2009 and is now run by a charitable company Make It Sustainable Ltd. We have a range of social, cultural and environmental aims and want to make a difference for the locality where we are based, Balsall Heath, one of the most deprived areas of Birmingham, as well as for the wider creative community.
The Old Print Works is a viable social business, renting out a series of maker spaces and event spaces to support our charitable aims. It has grown largely without grant support and we want to continue with this model for our ongoing operating costs. The Old Print Works hosts woodworkers, ceramists, photographers and a range of other designer makers and community-facing organisations, together with a whole host of events that celebrate and enrich local culture. We have invested over £400k in the building so far, securing the building from decline and dereliction.
The board is currently made up of 9 trustees. The following three trustees form the operational team running OPW on a daily basis. One of them is usually on site Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
Hannah Greenwood has been chairing the charity since its creation and took on the role of project manager in 2016. She leads the operational team. In her career she has focussed on improving the wellbeing of disadvantaged members of society both at home and abroad. She has had leadership roles in a number of projects and has worked specifically on engagement, project development and fundraising.
Jude Greenwood was a manager in the NHS for many years. After studying for an MBA she became a trustee of a Karis Neighbour Scheme set up by a GP practice to divert people with non-medical needs away from GPs. She also joined the School for Social Entrepreneurs and went on to set up Spring to Life, a CIC aiming to grow wellbeing and help people improve their resilience and resourcefulness. Jude joined The Old Print Works in 2012 as a volunteer, dealing mainly with lettings and bookkeeping and joined the board in 2015.
Patrick Willcocks is a qualified economist and town planner who has worked in academia and local government. His work, for the most part, has involved him both bidding for and managing funding programmes. He is interested in bringing old buildings such as The Old Print Works back into creative use, promoting collaboration and innovation. Patrick joined the board in March 2016. He supports the other members of the operational team helping out on a regular basis and has worked on a number of areas at The Old Print Works including developing the social media profile and enhancing the web site. He also regularly hosts at The Transfer co-working space.
Annette Naudin is senior lecturer in media and cultural entrepreneurship at Birmingham City University, and member of the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (http://www.bcmcr.org/). Annette’s research explores cultural entrepreneurship, diversity and contemporary cultural policy. Prior to her academic career, Annette set up and ran her own successful textile business, supplying outlets such as Liberty, Harrods and exporting to Japan, USA and Europe, later working as a consultant with clients such as Arts Council England.
Bridget Walsh is a touring musician (missbridgetwalsh.com) and the founder of INDHE (www.indhe.org). Bridget has a relentless belief in the magic and potential of bringing people together to make good things happen, and although she is on the road a lot, she does her best to be available to people all over the world through the miracle of the internet. She’s also a vegan, a self-confessed nerd, and a qualified yoga-teacher. As well as music, she has a background in education, community-building and the media. Bridget has had a unit at The Old Print Works for a number of years.
Dan Burwood has been a professional photographer since 2001, exploring portraiture, documentary, reportage, fine art, analogue b+w, community photography, video, photofilms, events, food and more both at home and internationally (danburwood.co.uk). He co-founded Some Cities (some-cities.org.uk) and has run it and the community darkroom at The Old Print Works since 2012. He has arts project management expertise and has been involved in helping shape The Old Print Works. He is interested in how OPW can be a vehicle for sustainable change in the community and beyond, through arts, making, permaculture and appropriate technology.
Ian Greenwood established The Old Print Works and its vision of a community of makers where hand skills can flourish. He is a consulting civil/building/structures engineer with extensive design, hands-on construction and management experience and has a real knowledge of the interesting history of The Old Print Works heritage buildings and the area.
Joey Islam manages large programmes of work across the initial definition, scoping, costing and approval though to set up and delivery of new organisations, systems & suppliers. Currently working in Jaguar Land Rover, he has previously been with Deutsche Bank, Accenture, American Express and IBM. His children have participated in the CDT-X workshops run at The Old Print Works for the past two years.
Mike Lennon brings to the charity a deep understanding of the importance of practical skills, along with the experience of a small business owner, fundamental both to our business and to those who harbour within The Old Print Works.
We always welcome approaches from individuals who know The Old Print Works and who can broaden our skills base - to volunteer or to become board members.
The Old Print Works
498 - 506 Moseley Road