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.
All of our activities are available to be seen at our unique shop which is set in the past. Making us a place where people can visit, ask our advice, try out the activities for themselves or with their loved ones to make sure they are suitable. We would rather not sell an item if we think it isn’t suitable. As a community led organisation we are ethical about what we do rather than in it for the money!
We thought of the idea of doing the aprons when our customers kept asking us if we did wraparound aprons like their mother or granny used to wear. We designed the aprons with the help of the local community and asked for feedback to make sure they were just like the ones in the old days. When we had the thumbs up, we arranged for the aprons to be made locally, one mile from where our shop is, and our volunteers pack and dispatch each one. 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” …
Just some of the good things Mindful Gifts has done to make a difference!
- Support the environment: Distribute recycled bags made out of unwanted material (Friends of the Earth)
- Recycle and upcycle all donated items (95%)
- Promote unwanted items to be donated instead of going to landfill
- Give value for money and affordable items
- Promote a cohesive community
- Encourage ‘out of town’ visitors to the town
- Support well-being: Create volunteer opportunities
- Run daily activities that enable to learn something new, keep the mind active and encourage social mixing
- Specialise in meaningful activities for people with dementia
- Encourage social mixing across the community
- Give information, advice and sign posting about a range of health-related issues
- Provide a unique facility which prompts memories and a welcoming atmosphere to relax
- Provide a listening ear, help and moral support for people who are worried or are in need of help Safe place to visit Promote improved spoken English language
We created the book due to our ‘This is My Life’ book being really successful and people wanted a version that they give to someone as a gift for a special occasion.
As a ‘not for profit’ organisation and surplus we do make on each sale of the book is reinvested to support the good work we do for people with dementia and older people.
Making your ‘gift of giving’ going wider than the person you are giving the ‘Big Red Book’ to! 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.