Category Archives: Training

Tenant Central – 1 year on

Free training for tenants, residents and landlords.

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At Make it Happen, we’ve had a hectic but very productive 2013 – 2014 so far and have just passed the first anniversary the DCLG funded project called Tenant Central led by TPAS in which Make it Happen is an official partner. We’ve developed numerous interactive resources, e-learning courses and the Tenant Central web site.

Look out for upcoming posts highlighting the work we have done so far for Tenant Central!

Tenants on the Web: 26th-28th March 2012

It’s all free!

With all the free social networking, blogging and web site design software that is around now, it is vital that tenant groups and panels are in a strong and visible position with web-based information. To help groups achieve this, Make it Happen (MIH) is running a 3 day residential training course called ‘Tenants on the Web’ (TOW) at the National Communities Resource Centre at Trafford Hall from 26th-28th March 2012. The course costs only £15 for social housing tenants in England.

Using this free software, MIH will guide you through the process of developing and designing your own web presence, and you will leave Trafford Hall with a ‘live’ working web presence that you have designed yourself. You will learn skills that you can pass on to others in your group or community, to bring them up to speed in the new web-based world. MIH have been running this course for the past 5 years with some really exciting results! Groups have set up web presence/s using free platforms such as; WordPress, Blogger, Facebook and Twitter.

£500 grant opportunity

Delegates from groups who complete the course can apply for a grant of up to £500. The grant must be used to give your group the chance to disseminate the learning to a wider local audience, or to begin to develop projects related to the course you attended.

Gain a proper qualification!

The TOW course is accredited by the Open College Network, so you get a proper qualification if you complete the course. It’s a great opportunity!

For more information contact:

Dane at Make it Happen. Or, to book a place, contact Claire Lawton at Trafford Hall on 01244 300246 or email her at: MC.Lawton ‘at’ (insert @ instead of ‘at’).

TPAS Annual Conference July/Aug 2009

TPAS annual conference 2009For the past 21 years the TPAS Annual Conference has been the premier event in tenant and resident involvement. Dane and Christine from Make it Happen are attending the three day event gathering video footage for use in the new TPAS Virtual Learning Environment. We are looking forward to meeting some great people, having a great time and shooting some great footage too!

Over the past year there have been a number of changes to the governing of housing services which include the introduction of the Tenant Services Authority, Homes and Communities Agency and the National Tenants Voice. In this years conference programme, TPAS have identified the following four key areas highlighting opportunities of involvement for both tenants and landlords EXCELLENCE, SCRUTINY, RESIDENTS AT THE HEART OF CHANGE and MY HOME, MY COMMUNITY. There is a fantastic programme of debates, workshops and visits which will hopefully invigorate and educate delegates leaving them empowered with knowledge and skills to get involved.

Make it Happen in partnership with TPAS

Make it Happen are delighted to be working with TPAS

TPAS (Tenants Participation Advisory Service) have been successful with their 3 year Empowerment Fund application and in partnership with Make it Happen are now developing innovative and exciting e-learning training courses and a ‘Virtual Learning Environment’ (VLE). Make it Happen and TPAS are working together to develop a range of topical and relevant training courses for the first year pilot which will take place from Jan 2010. If you are a Tenant’s group and are interested in registering your interest for the courses taking place in Jan 2010 please contact TPAS at:

T: 0161 868 3520

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eLearning for community development


Make It Happen (MIH) designs and delivers interactive, multi-media e-learning experiences for Third Sector, voluntary and community organisations at national, regional and local level. Headed up by Dane Gould and Christine Wilks, MIH’s aim is to help empower communities and enhance community development.

Using the open-source Moodle software package, we design and build bespoke Virtual Learning Environments (VLE), internet-based courses and interactive e-learning content. We also offer consultancy for a range of clients, large and small, and have been instrumental in developing national e-learning strategies for Third Sector organisations. We work in collaboration with a pool of MIH associates (trainers, consultants, designers), Moodle partners and open source web developers.

Our mission is to help you make it happen!