Social Impact

As a not-for-profit craft company everything we do is for the ultimate aim of improving people's wellbeing, particularly those who couldn't usually afford to be creative.

100% of our profits go into our social purpose

Here we outline the various ways we have been able to help others through Crafting4Good CIC, because of the craft supplies we sell through our store and the generous donations we receive.

Free Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine and Unwanted Dies

Free Cuttlebug die-cutting machine and unwanted magazine freebie dies for a community craft groupFree Cuttlebug die-cutting machine and unwanted magazine freebie dies for a community craft group

We were able to supply a free Cuttlebug die-cutting machine to an established craft group based at a community centre. 

The group has fantastic attendance and has existed for a few years, so we were more than happy to pass on a donated Cuttlebug along with unwanted magazine freebie dies to get them started. 

The plates that came with the Cuttlebug were a bit well-used, so they will probably need to source new plates, and because they might not know what they need to buy, we provided links to Cuttlebug plates on eBay* for the chance of some good bargains, and of course it helps the eBay sellers too.  If they find an entire Cuttlebug on eBay for a better price than buying the plates alone, they can just return the one we gave them and we can put it back into our stock, but they can still benefit from our free magazine dies and of course our reduced cost dies, from donations.  It's all good.

*this is an affiliate link, if you follow it and end up purchasing something, we will receive a small commission in return at no cost to you...it all helps us do what we do.

Free Craft Supplies Stall

Free craft supplies for a community centre open day and wellbeing eventFree craft supplies from donations of drawing paper, magazine freebies and craft card, gems etc.

Sometimes we have donated supplies that we can give away for free, supporting our goal to make creativity accessible for all.  

We were going to promote our new Creative Hub 'shop' at St Swithun's Community Centre for their open day and wellbeing event, showcasing the kinds of affordable craft supplies you can buy there. 

However, because we had some partially used supplies piling up that needed further sorting, we decided against taking donations to sell as cheap craft supplies and took lots of freebies instead!  Brilliant change of plan, because even though we didn't raise any funds, the feedback from excited kids was priceless.

As well as helping us clear down some stock, and it turns out kids are really good at sorting through rummage boxes of wool, card, paper, toppers and gems for pure enjoyment!  Some were even super resourceful and went to find some free tote bags from another stall, meaning they could now carry all their free goodies!  Did you know, seems kids love Mirri card?  There were some silver circles in our rummage box, and some Mirri die cut frames..."it's like a mirror!" some girls exclaimed, before sticking the die cut frames to the Mirri pieces with adhesive paper flowers, and excitedly searching stickers for the letters of their names or 'Mum' as it was almost Mother's Day...

Magazine freebies were a hit too - especially the books of papers you sometimes get with magazines, and the mini card kits. These are particularly useful for us, to give away for things like this, because they are in wrappers and seen as 'new' - Crafters send them to us because they subscribe to craft magazines but don't always like or need the freebies that come with them...but we can pass them on, doing good with unwanted craft supplies.

We were also able to offer quality drawing paper and coloured tissue paper thanks to donations from The Pink Pig* - at first the kids would take a single piece or two, but it was brilliant that we could say take what you want, take a handful!  If you enjoy drawing but don't have access to paper to be able to practice and perfect, how do you flourish in your art?  

Donations from The Pink Pig allowing kids to practice their art on quality sketch paperDonations from The Pink Pig allowing kids to practice their art on quality sketch paper

*this is an affiliate link, if you follow it and end up purchasing something, we will receive a small commission in return at no cost to you...it all helps us do what we do.

Mental Health Event - "Self Care"

Free printables and magazine freebies given to the public at a mental health eventFree printables and magazine freebies for the public at a mental health event

Some of our printables and donated magazine freebies were given out to attendees at a mental health event at St Catherine's church, Wakefield.  The even was put on by the Richmond Fellowship for local people to see the types of support and activities available to them - we approached it from a 'self care' point of view, i.e. being creative can help your wellbeing and had various freebies printed out so that people could take them away and get creative when they got home.

Kids School Holidays Group

Various kids craft items given to a group of children and young people who were attending a summer group over 5 weeks. 

We don't get many kids craft supplies donated, which is a shame because we have plenty of kids groups asking, but we managed to pull this lot together - a mix of new and used goodies - so the kids could do card making, painting, modelling, loom bands, bead making and general crafting.  We even managed to get some creative books in there.

Donated kids craft supplies for a summer groupKids craft supplies for a summer group
Donated kids art and craft supplies for a summer groupArt and craft supplies for a kids summer group

Community Centre Fair

Craft bundle for a Community CentreCraft bundle for a Community Centre

Quite a bundle of craft goodies - all brand new - for St Swithun's Community Centre in Wakefield after they had generously funded our office space and storage, allowing us to 'get started'.

All items had been donated by customers, followers and the public as well as The Paperbox.

Mental Health Event

Free craft supplies for attendees at a mental health eventFree craft supplies for attendees at a mental health event

Free craft supplies for attendees at a Positive Mental Health day at St Swithun's Community Centre.  People were allowed to take what they wanted from our donated stock of craft sheets, die-cuts, embellishments and peel-off stickers - all thanks to generous customers and followers - and at the end of the day, what was left was given to the centre for their crafting groups to use.

Learning Disability Group

Cross Stitch Kits Given to a Center for People with Learning DisabilitiesCross Stitch Kits Given to a Center for People with Learning Disabilities

New cross stitch kits donated by customers were given to Leep 1 CIC, a center for people with learning disabilities. 

They enjoy doing needlecrafts under the guidance of one of their members who recently had her cross stitch and embroidery work exhibited at an art gallery, and sells what she's made (I bought one of her embroidered mats!)  

Knit & Natter

Free knitting needles for members of a Knit & Natter groupFree knitting needles for members of a Knit & Natter group

A lady donated some of her old knitting supplies and the needles went down a treat with a local Knit & Natter group who took what they needed. 

I'm no knitter, but a certain size needle was much sought after, number 8's maybe...?  

Supported Housing Scheme

The start of it all!  We ran some pilot craft classes at a supported housing scheme for people with complex needs which ended up running for a few months.  This started the ball rolling with the donations coming in from customers, social media followers and even people we didn't even know but who heard about it from others or read our blogs.  You can read all the blogs we did on this pilot here (we now support groups with access to supplies rather than do outreach ourselves due to time restrictions)

Craft supplies donated for craft sessions in a hostelCraft supplies donated for craft sessions in a hostel
Lots of goodies and gratitudeLots of goodies and gratitude
Printables used to make Pop Up BoxesPrintables used to make Pop Up Boxes

In addition we supplied a new printer to a community food bank; Christmas craft goodies to a retirement home for people with dementia; provided affordable downloadable activities to people who are housebound and on a very tight budget, and helped people to make new friends and take part in online activities both home and abroad through our online community.

Disclaimer:  We are a developing social enterprise and part of that development is learning what works and what doesn't. We have listed various things that we've done from when we started out as a record of the things we've been able to do for others, but we may not be doing those things today e.g. outreach sessions with groups - we have learned that this is not viable for us to do time-wise so we now support groups run by others with resources and supplies.

* We always look for the best way to get the most benefit from donated items to have the best social impact possible *

Social Impact

We always look for the best way to get the most benefit from donated items to have the best social impact possible

Helping Customers - and You - Create Social Impact

We encourage our customers to make their own social impact through use of our "Sell What You Make" printables for fundraising or even donating what they've made to those who need them e.g. see our article Food Bank Story

Perhaps the biggest impact of all is all down to those generous people who donate unwanted art and craft supplies - without them, we wouldn't have the resources to continue doing what our company is set up to do.

If you would like to get involved you can donate your unwanted craft stash or help in various ways