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 6 trustees.

Hannah Greenwood - Chair of Trustees: Hannah has been chairing the charity for 3 years and took on the interim role of project manager earlier in 2016. 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 fundraising and engagement.

Patrick Willcocks - Trustee:  Patrick 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.

Jude Greenwood - Trustee: Jude 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.

Mike Lennon: Mike 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.

Ian Greenwood: Ian 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.    

Four new trustees joined us in the latter part of 2016. Namely Bridget Walsh, Dan Burwood, Joey Islam and Annette Naudin. Each bring additional skills, expertise and knowledge to the board. 

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.

More details on the charity/company can be found at the Charity Commission and at Companies House.