Welcome to Wirral Unplugged!

Echo Environment Awards FinalistWirral Unplugged is a fun, friendly, grassroots non-profit providing children and families with opportunities to unplug from technology, connect with others and be creative. Since September 2019, Wirral Unplugged has encouraged 71 families and 105 children to disconnect from their screens and focus on wellbeing, innovation, sustainability and connectivity.
Since the #Covid-19 restrictions, we have altered  our delivery to a #FairyTrollPost, which encourages creativity, wellbeing, connection and screenfree time at home.

About us

Wirral Unplugged is a grassroots nonprofit.

Before the current COVID-19 pandemic, we delivered 2 hours of themed screen free activities every Sunday in Higher Bebington Library for children 3-10 and the adults who accompanied them. We worked with the University of Liverpool Guild and Confucius Institute, charities (Port Sunlight River Park, St James Centre), social enterprises (Bee Wirral, RethinkNow, Urban VintageRecipro City Wirral) and local people (writers, vets, mountain climbers) to offer talks, volunteer opportunities and eco-friendly crafting.

Since the recent situation, we have started a #FairyTrollPost to engage with children individually on a creative level (through crafting, baking, play, letter writing) and continued our online campaign #EcoEaster.

WIRRAL UNPLUGGED CIC could be summarised in four words: readimaginecreateconnect

Photo © Minh Anh /Wirral Unplugged


Reading presents new possibilities, new ideas, magical places and fun. Stories also help us understand and sympathise. Seeing things from a different perspective also helps build resilience and problem solving skills. At Wirral Unplugged we offer both free reading and group reading. Here’s our founder, Diana, with a reading and activity for discussing how to #BeKind on and off line.


Jack Ma (Chinese online entrepreneur) commented at Davos 2018 that we need to encourage children to do things computers cannot do (as automation will overtake many jobs)- imagine, feel, create.

Wirral Unplugged is a screenfree group so that we can give children and adults that space to imagine, disconnect and recharge. (I’ve taught Digital Literacy for several years so we’re not anti-computers, just pro-creative time ).

With our #FairyTrollPost we’re using technology to deliver ideas of what to do offline (playing, crafting, acting, baking, exploring, building,writing).


Whether it’s building cereal box air planes, cardboard dream catchers, monkey puppets or floating cork pirate ships, being creative helps us to unwind and gives us a sense of achievement. We try to #reuse materials wherever possible for more #ecofriendly crafting.

At Wirral Unplugged, crafts are scaleable in that we don’t put a limit on your imagination or ability– a heart-polka dotted dog, sure, a dragon bookmark instead of a farm animal, excellent!

The sky is the limit. Above all, we aim to provide a craft that 3-10 year-olds (and the adults who come with them) would enjoy.

The #FairyTrollPost offers a craft starter pack and weekly craft and activity ideas to keep those creative juices flowing!


Most people have felt lonely before, but making new friends or talking to new people can be intimidating. We have seen how children of different ages and adults (mothers, fathers, grandparents and guardians) make connections at Wirral Unplugged over a craft or a cuppa, and we want to encourage more of this!

We’re also keen on connecting people to a wide range of cultures and ideas and developing global skills.

With the #FairyTrollPost we’re connecting through letters. We’ve developed a whole fairy kingdom that can write back to your child and support their creativity and wellbeing.

Volunteer with us

Volunteer recruitment for Wirral Unplugged is currently limited to special/guest speakers and those wanting to work behind the scenes on social media, grant writing and fundraising. (Things change quickly, so we’ll let you know if more Sunday help is needed). University volunteers can access volunteering through the University of Liverpool Guild.

Volunteers gaining something from volunteering is one of our main aims (there are only 6 so it’s high on our list)! Whether it be feeling more self-confident, gaining new friendships, learning specific job-related skills or gaining experience, there are a lot of great things to be gained from volunteering.

One of our recent volunteers, Amy, who accepted a teaching job in Spain, wrote: “I was looking to volunteer whilst working full time, which WU has allowed me to do [as it was on a Sunday]. As an aspiring EFL Teacher attending the weekly crafts sessions has allowed me to gain more experience, meet other people with the same interests and goals, and improve my confidence.”

We’ve had volunteers from Egypt, Viet Nam, China, France, Poland and Kuwait.

Contact us today!

Get in touch

Higher Bebington Library
214 Higher Bebington Road

Sundays 10.30-12.30

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