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” …
For each purchase you make through Mindful Gifts CIC you are also supporting us to do the great work we do for people with dementia, making your ‘gift of giving’ going wider than the person you are giving it 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.
Mindful Gifts CIC have given out over 150 skipping ropes to children who live in Walsall in the last couple of months. Part of the Walsall Children and Young People Healthy Weight Strategy, Mindful Gifts CIC have encouraged children to get active by skipping and having fun. There are still skipping ropes available for children who live in Walsall who walk to the Mindful Gifts CIC shop in Darlaston, subject to availability.
Our volunteers make a huge contribution to support us to be sustainable. They provide a wide range of talents, skills and knowledge to make sure we can deliver our services locally and nationally. We also gain support from the community in various ways. This can be anything from donating unwanted items, making us cakes, buying from our shop or donating some of their time. Some of our suppliers also support us by donating end of line or damaged items that our volunteers repair and upcycle.
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 set up Mindful Gifts CIC because of the lack of suitable activities for people with dementia and that families found it difficult to know what to buy their loved one for special occasions such as Birthdays and Christmas. We strongly believe that it is the ‘gift of giving’ which is important, and the thought that has gone into finding the suitable and appropriate gift. That is why we have sourced a wide selection of thoughtful gift ideas for everyone. support us