SHOP SMART THIS CHRISTMAS AND BEYOND
With Christmas around the corner we wanted to share with you some amazing products created by social enterprises supporting adults with learning disabilities. Shopping at these small enterprises really makes a big difference. Not only does the work they are doing provide meaningful opportunities for adults with learning disabilities but profits from sales allows more people to gain paid employment. Something which is hugely needed here in the UK.
Its fantastic to see the range of amazing products being created, heres just a few of our favourites, great for Christmas but also all year round. If you can think of any we have missed or would like to be included please get in touch :)
ARTHOUSE Unlimited is a collective of artists living with complex epilepsy and learning disabilities and difficulties all of whom require varying levels of support. The artists work alongside instructors to create artworks which are developed into designer products for sale.
They have a wide selection of products including tea towels, mugs, soap, chocolate and greetings cards to name a few. We particularly love their new jazzy socks though!
Harry Spectres was founded by Mona Shah, a mother with a passion for chocolate and a passion for improving the lives of people on the autism spectrum. The company is committed to providing fresh, aesthetically pleasing, luxurious handmade chocolates created using only the highest quality ingredients.
Selling a range of selection boxes as well as bars and bags theres something for everyone. We think its some of the prettiest chocolate we have ever seen!
Our very own enterprise! Interestingly Different sells a range of antique and vintage furniture. Many of the pieces have been up-cycled by our trainees. Profits from our sales goes directly into creating paid employment opportunities for our trainees.
IVYBRIDGE BREWING COMPANY
Established in 2018, Ivybridge Brewing Company is a social enterprise brewery that provides paid work and training opportunities for people with learning disabilities. There model is simple: the more beers they sell, the more jobs they can create. They sell there IPAs in gift packs making for lovely gifts.
STEP AND STONE
Step and Stone, makes handmade lavosh flatbreads. They work with young people with learning disabilities, helping to develop their skills and confidence so they can eventually find employment in the mainstream catering world. You can find out more bout their products and stockists via their website.
SHETLAND SOAP COMPANY
Shetland Soap Company are proudly part of COPE Ltd, the multi-award-winning social enterprise, based in the Shetland Islands. At Shetland Soap Company, they work alongside adults with learning disabilities and autism to produce a range of exclusive handmade soap and skincare products that are inspired by our beautiful islands. We particularly like the sound of their bath salts.
Aerende is an online shop selling beautiful products and gifts for your home, all of them made in the UK by people facing social challenges. You can think of it as a special place to find a range of carefully crafted products from around the British Isles, created by makers who struggle to access or maintain conventional employment. Products include beautiful homewares such as candles, ceramics and textiles.
They stock a wide range of products from various learning disability social enterprises including The Soap Co, Campbell Village Trust and Parkwood Pottery,
PROMISE IN STORE
Promise in Store work in partnership with a range of organisations across the UK to source beautiful gifts. Partnering with organisations who create educational, training or employment opportunities for people with learning difficulties, disabilities or life challenges.
They stock a wide range of products from various learning disability social enterprises including Arthouse Limited, Harry Specters The Soap Co, Campbell Village Trust and Derwen Collage.
Radical Giving is a wellbeing and lifestyle store stocking zero waste and ethical gifts sourced from charities and social enterprises in the UK and Worldwide.
Alongside this they stock products from small indie companies that have a positive impact for people, our communities and the environment, with a core mission to inspire positive shopping.
They stock a wide range of products from various learning disability social enterprises including Arthouse Limited, Beacons creative, Campbell Village Trust and Parkwood Pottery,
At Social Supermarket they believe in a world where every business can be a force for good. By connecting you with social enterprises, you can buy from amazing brands that have a positive impact in the world. They have partnered with over 80 impact led partners across the UK, featuring over 1,000 products from food, drink, accessories and gifts.
One that particularly got our attention was ARTBOX An art studio and gallery supporting people with learning disabilities and autism to create, exhibit, sell and license their artwork.
So there you have our round up. Please show these organisations your support where you can with a follow and a like on social media and a purchase when you can. Share our list with your friends and again let us know if there is anyone we have missed.