we are based in a real shop where you can visit and get advice about the range of activities we have available and the suitability for your specific needs. As a ‘not for profit’ organisation we keep our prices as low as possible and reinvest any surplus to support us to do the great work we do for people with dementia. This includes delivering daily activities, tea parties, giving talks in the community, and providing a unique shop that is set in the past that can be accessed in order to bring back memories.
Mindful Gifts CIC is a ‘not for profit’ organisation and any surplus that we make on our jigsaws is reinvested to support the great work we do for people with dementia. This includes delivering daily activities and tea parties in our unique shop that is set in the past. We are mainly run by volunteers and each order is carefully packed and posted by our volunteers who are passionate about making a difference. support us
2616 people accessed our activities and we provided 2400 activity and support hours. Activities we provided included Rag Rug Making, Crocheting and Vintage Tea Parties. We provide 66 volunteer work placements helping to build self esteem…. Service User comments included ” The shop lifts your spirit completely and makes you go home with a smile on your face”… ” We have a lot of laughs and recall a lot of good memories” …
This book was created using the founder of Mindful Gifts CIC ( Vicki Phipps) mothers poems she had written about what wash days used to be like.
When Vicki read the poems, she could picture what it used to be like before we had washing machines, tumble dryers and electric irons. She thought the poems matched with appropriate images would make an ideal reminiscence tool for those who could relate to what washdays used to be like. The book has been purchased by libraries, as well as care homes and hospitals across the country. Vicki suggests to use the book with a bar of carbolic soap, some dolly pegs and Reckitts Blue (Dolly Blue) as these helps to stimulate the different senses which provoke different memories. All of which are available from Mindful Gifts CIC. support us
Sandy spent a lot of time looking after everyone else and spent little time on her own needs. She went everywhere with her husband and would never have dreamed of doing something independently for herself. She came to our crocheting session to try it out and soon made many new friends. She also knew how to do rag rugging and put herself forward to help to run a session, teaching people how to make their own rag rugs. Sandy said that she loved coming to the shop and the sessions. She often makes the journey on her own, combining the outing with doings some retail therapy in the town.
Sandy now is a regular visitor to the shop, attending other sessions including sewing and peg dolls. She was invited recently to the Mayors Parlour for afternoon tea together with other people who volunteered at the shop.
that we are mainly run by volunteers some of who face barriers to gaining employment. This includes people with mental health issues, physical disabilities, learning disabilities and carers. Our shop provides a welcoming learning base that enables our volunteers to try out new things, learn new skills, increase knowledge and gain confidence. As our shop is very unique in what we do, our volunteers can learn about dementia, as well as a career in retail or hospitality.
Mindful Gifts CIC is a ‘not for profit’ organisation and any surplus that we make on our Ryder’s Annual is reinvested to support the great work we do for people with dementia. This can include doing talks in the community, raising awareness of dementia and reducing the stigma attached to it, visiting schools, and hosting visits to our shop from groups such as the Brownies.