Make it Happen works across both Menzieshill, Charleston and wider Lochee ward of Dundee, to inspire local involvement in developing informal volunteering opportunities that actually benefit the local people who live there.


Make it Happen began life as prior learning from another informal volunteering project that happened in the community in 2015 in which some barriers to participation were identified. Barriers included anything and everything from lack of skills, time, and money to no transport, ill health, feelings of isolation, bad experiences, lack of confidence and motivation.

When Volunteer Dundee moved offices from the City Centre out to the Technology Park in August 2016 we started to explore the new community where we were based and this seemed like a great place to start a new initiative! We recognise that we all have barrier and that we can overcome them with the right support and type of opportunities on offer to try new things.

We are inspired to be working with these communities and the fresh ideas talent and skills they possess. We want to support communities to take micro action that enables small change and shapes the way in which their community thrives, and benefits.

This is a grass roots approach and we want to support change to happen at a local level in the form of one off community events, workshops and enterprises that engage the community to learn, laugh and grow together!

This project is open to all and there is no barrier to participation, if you have an idea we want to help you to ‘Make it Happen,’ for your community. To date, we have supported our participants to run a Community Festive Fare, a Pre- Loved Book Sale, a Community Superhero Comic School and the Fun and Food Holiday programme.

Contact Simona Davidson, Make it Happen Development Officer, by emailing or calling 01382 305705.

They all made it happen and this is what they did and said about the project.

“Great to meet other Mum’s in the community.”

“We made it happen to help start new group for others to have the same experience.”

“It was interesting I learnt new skills, meet new people, had fun.”

“Learnt new things I would never have tried”