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
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.
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
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.