iSE | Buy Social with Gifts that Make A Difference

Social enterprises are businesses that give back by using their profits to benefit people and planet.

 

There are around 500,000 social enterprises in the UK tackling pressing social or environmental issues – from supporting people affected by homelessness to reducing period poverty, providing solutions to food waste, tackling the mental health crisis and much, much more!

 

We all have the power to purchase positively by choosing to shop for change. By spending your money with a social enterprise, you are backing businesses that are committed to making a difference and supporting causes you believe in.

 

Below are 5 amazing social enterprises providing alternative experiences – learn a new skill, enjoy a relaxing evening and support businesses doing good in the process!

 

Treat a friend or loved one in lockdown (or treat yourself!) with a social enterprise experience.

This list is compiled by social enterprise support organisation iSE as part of Social Enterprise Drive 2021, a week-long campaign 19th-23rd April raising awareness of business for good. More here. 

 

Profit made from these alternative gift experiences go to supporting the social mission of the organisations involved.

 

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1. MAKE A RECYCLED PLANTER WITH THE WOOD SHACK 

Experience wood recycling in action! Join the Wood Shack Team to make your very own planter from home, using recycled pallet wood. Use your creation as a herb planter or to hold your office essentials. Perfect for an evening in or as an activity for all the family. All materials will be provided, you just need a screwdriver and hammer. Click and collect or home delivery.

The Wood Shack is a social enterprise supporting people who experience significant barriers to being fulfilled, skilled and employed.

 

Purchase the experience!

 

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2. TEXTILES & TECH WITH FEED MY CREATIVE

Bring a splash of creativity to your evening with Feed my Creative CIC. Get ready to make your very own creative masterpiece. Combining textiles and simple electronics, use sewable LED’s connected using special conductive thread to create a light display with a simple soft circuit on a pre-printed design. A simple but very effective kit all sewn by hand! Home delivery.

Feed My Creative works to reduce waste, promote sustainable communities, and inspire creativity through craft workshops focused on using recycled fabric and materials.

 

Purchase the experience!

 

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3.  SOCIAL STITCH-A-LONG WITH WOOLLY MAMMOTH STITCH WORKS

A friendly online workshop hosted by Tina and Suze from Woolly Mammoth Stitch Works CIC. Tina will lead you through all the stitches required to create a sun and star from the Day and Night stitching gift kit. You can stitch-a-long in real time with Tina and in the company of others, or watch and stitch at another time. Makes an ideal lockdown gift! The workshop is suitable for beginners. Home delivery.

Woolly Mammoth CIC create collaborative tapestry artworks and wool stitch projects to increase people’s wellbeing and connectedness.

 

Purchase the experience!

 

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4. CLEAN BAKING WITH CHANGE KITCHEN CIC

Discover more about ‘clean baking’ in this virtual cooking session as you create a delicious, clean eating vanilla cheesecake with ChangeKitchen CIC . Made with a rich cashew cream, all the ingredients you need to make this wonderful vegan and dairy-free dessert will be provided.  Make the cheesecake along with Birgit online, or follow the instructions in the box! Click and collect from South Birmingham.

ChangeKitchen CIC is a social enterprise cooking up change through serving vulnerable groups within the wider Birmingham community cooked meals.

 

Purchase the experience!

 

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5. POLYMER CLAY JEWELLERY WITH SHELANU

Join Shelanu, a craft collective of migrant and refugee women for a relaxed evening of online craft! Create two unique pieces of polymer clay jewellery with step-by-step instructions on making and baking your finished piece. By the end of the evening, you’ll have two unique items for your jewellery collection or the perfect gift for a friend! All materials and tools will be provided. Home delivery.

Shelanu grows diversity in the craft sector and supports women in Birmingham who have either migrated or are a refugee or asylum seeker.

 

Purchase the experience!

 

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Thank you for looking and finding out more about social enterprise! Please share using #SED2021 #BuySocial

 

Visit our Eventbrite page for the full list of events as part of Social Enterprise Drive week.

 

Take a look at the Buy Social Directory to find more social enterprises near you!

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