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Our top 5 social enterprises and charities to support this Christmas

The holiday season is a time for giving, and what better way to show your loved ones you care than by choosing gifts that are both meaningful and ethical? Here are our top five ethical shops to visit online this Christmas:

  1. Venture Arts

Venture Arts is an award-winning visual arts organisation working with learning disabled artists. Through their studio programmes, exhibitions and collaborative projects, they remove barriers to the arts, put artists in the lead, champion neurodiversity and provide pathways for every individual to develop their creative identity.

Shop here: Buy Art – Venture Arts

  1. Pivot

Pivot is a social enterprise which empowers people experiencing homelessness to pivot their lives through jewellery making programmes, they provide income and skills training, enabling their participants to take steps towards independence from temporary accommodation.

Shop here: Pivot | Ethical + Sustainable Jewellery Handmade in UK Hostels (madebypivot.com)

  1. Designs in Mind

Designs in mind is a working studio tucked away in Shropshire, where adults living with mental health challenges work together on ambitious experimental art and design projects.

Shop here: Shop | designs-in-mind (designsinmind.co.uk)

  1. Arthouse Unlimited

ARTHOUSE Unlimited is a charity presenting artistic talents of adults with complex neuro-diverse and physical support needs. Offering a sense of purpose lies at the heart of the charity. 100% of sales revenue helps support its sustainability and growth.

Shop here: Products Archive – ARTHOUSE Unlimited

And finally…

  1. Us- Arc!

Every purchase you make with us helps us continue our creative wellbeing workshops and supporting people with their mental health. Our products are handmade by participants, volunteers and supporters.

Shop here: The Arc Centre Shop – Arc Centre (arc-centre.org)

These are just a few of the many shops making a difference that you can support this Christmas. By choosing to shop ethically, you can make a positive impact on the world and give your loved ones gifts that they will cherish for years to come.

 

Additional tips for ethical Christmas shopping:

  • Look for products that are made from recycled or sustainable materials.
  • Choose products that are made by fair trade or ethical labour practices.
  • Support small businesses and artisans.
  • Consider giving gifts of experience, such as a pottery or a cooking class.

By following these tips, you can make your Christmas shopping a gift to more than just your loved ones.

Happy shopping!