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.
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 is a ‘not for profit’ organisation and any surplus that we make on our Aquapaints 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. When we get care homes bring residents to our shop we always find that getting the Aquapaints out is always a great hit, as everyone can have a go regardless of their impairment or ability. 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
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.
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.
we set up Mindful Gifts CIC because of the lack of suitable activities for people with dementia and that family found it difficult to know what to buy their loved one for special occasions such as Birthdays and Christmas. All of our activities are tried and tested in care homes and hospitals to ensure their suitability. We also deliver talks, give advice and deliver training on ‘the importance of meaningful activities and we have supported hospitals, care homes, and places like art galleries to become ‘dementia friendly’.
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