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
Our Vintage Tea Parties take place in our 1950s living room and scullery where you will be served a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes and loose leaf tea. Our tea parties are available to everyone from young to old and you can listen to your favourite music whilst you enjoy your tea served out of the best china!
Did you know that we deliver our tea parties for care homes, Ring and Ride and community groups . We have had pleasure on seeing peoples eyes light up ,
Our volunteers are trained to lay the tables, prepare the tea parties and look after the customers.
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!
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” …
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’.
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
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