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Make an impact with these social enterprise gifts

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Introduction by Karis Gill

Founder of Social Stories Club


This winter, more than ever social enterprises need support. Social enterprises support some of the most disadvantaged communities in the UK and by purchasing your Christmas gifts from them your money is supporting those who need it most. Whether you want to buy chocolates that are made by women who have previously been incarcerated, purchase candles empowering disadvantaged communities, or a social enterprise gift hamper filled with these products, you will know that your gift will be memorable and have a fascinating social story.


Here are the Supply Change Trusted Suppliers offering gifts that make an impact in more ways than one.

Social Stories Club

Food & Drink — Gift hampers

Karis - "At Social Stories Club we make sustainable hampers where every product inside creates a positive impact. Every time someone purchases a gift hamper they are introducing someone to lots of social enterprises, they are also providing jobs for individuals with barriers to employment who we hire in our warehouse and pay the living wage. The benefit of supporting social enterprises is they are more likely to pay a living wage, offset the carbon from the delivery of goods, and use sustainable packaging. We do all three at Social Stories Club."



Birdsong

Fashion & Accessories

Birdsong designs clothes for remarkable women that are also made by them. They work with expert women makers who face barriers to employment and pay them London living wage. Their range of womenswear, accessories and gifts are all made to Birdsong’s extremely high standard of design, ethics and sustainability.



S'Wheat

Lifestyle

S'wheat provides eco-friendly, durable, BPA-free, easy-to-clean water bottles made from plant-based materials. Their bottles are suitable for hot and cold drinks and each purchase reduces ocean plastic and plants trees.






RAW Workshop

Home & Garden

RAW has a reputation for chic, designer furniture for indoors and outdoors. Its artisanal workshops use materials which are recycled, reclaimed, or otherwise sustainably sourced. They change lives through skills, training and employment and reduce emissions and waste by reclaiming wood.



Miss Macaroon

Food & Drink

Miss Macaroon makes a wide range of luxury, hand-made French macarons. They have multiple customisable packages including gift boxes, co-branding and “showstoppers” for special events. They also reinvest 100% of profits into helping unemployed young people gain skills.



Madlug

Fashion & Accessories

On Madlug's online shop you'll find a range of fashionable bags including backpacks, duffel bags and shoulder bags. For each bag you buy, Madlug will give a bag to a child in care.



Nemi Teas

Food & Drink

Nemi Teas is a specialist London-based tea company that offers a variety of tea blends both as loose tea and teabags and a Chai Syrup. They also provide employment to refugees to give them local work experience and job readiness skills to enter the UK workforce and help them integrate into broader society.


 

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Breadwinners

Food & Drink — Subscription

Londoners can now order Breadwinners high quality bread and pastries to their door. Their online shop offers buns, a bread subscription, sourdough kits and gift vouchers. They provide work experience for refugees and young people seeking asylum as well as employability training, social networks and mentoring.





Lemonade

Lifestyle — Home — Food & Drink

To support their work helping young people understand and manage their mental health, Lemonade has curated Wellbeing Packages to give as gifts. Inside, you’ll find hand-picked items that have been thoughtfully selected to create moments of comfort or to inspire an activity that aids mental health maintenance.



Fat Macy’s

Food & Drink

Fat Macy’s runs multiple food businesses including a restaurant and bespoke catering. They run programmes for people in temporary accommodation to give them skills and help them earn a deposit to move into a home. You can hire them for your Christmas do at work or shop their range of food and drinks gifts on their website.



Organic Blooms

Home — Learn something

Organic Blooms is an organic cut flower farm near Bristol. They grow and sell beautiful seasonal British cut flowers sustainably and help local people with disabilities and support needs by providing them with certified work training. Their online shop offers bouquets, plant gifts and a range of workshops to learn floristry and horticulture.



Lemonaid & ChariTea

Food & Drink

Lemonaid & Charitea make fairtrade and organic fruit drinks and iced teas. 5p from each bottle sold goes to supporting people in growing regions. Lemonaid is made from freshly squeezed fruit and gently sparkling, while ChariTea is iced tea, real-brewed from whole-leaf tea.



Wings and Radicles

Home — Lifestyle — Learn something

When Rachel Sampara discovered a love for beekeeping she also discovered a lack of diversity in the field. Rachel set up Wings and Radicles to allow more people to get involved with beekeeping and to engage people in environmental education. Anyone can book beekeeping workshops and buy beeswax products including wax melts, lip balms and food wraps.



 

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