Crafting4Good CIC is our new name, reflecting how we put people and the environment first. In March 2017 we became a fully registered, and regulated "Community Interest Company", meaning we are a nonprofit which exists to fulfill a social purpose, benefiting a community rather than ourselves. We will continue to trade as The Printable Craft Shop, providing easy access to creativity through printables and digital craft supplies, while increasing our community-based services and re-use of unwanted craft supplies donated to us.
The name sums up what we do nicely. Creative activities are known to promote wellbeing, but many people can't access them due to income or circumstance. Therefore, we aim to make creativity accessible and affordable, but also in as 'green' and eco-friendly way as possible.
We promote creative wellbing by 'crafting for good' in 4 ways:
1. Digital Craft Supplies
Creative activities to download and print, whenever you need them, wherever you are and as often as you like. Need an activity this afternoon? Print it, and make it. You can even Sell What You Make.
2. Donated Craft Supplies
Got a cupboard full of stash you will never use? Donate it to us and we will put it to good use in community-based sessions, preventing waste and giving people the opportunity to be creative with items they might never get the chance to.
3. Community Outreach & Group Activities
Engaging people who may not get the chance to enjoy some creative me-time by using sustainable craft supplies from donated stock and our own printables, as well as providing downloadable crafts and resources that can be used for group activities worldwide.
4. Socialising & Volunteer Opportunities
Connecting with others, even in small amounts, can do wonders for wellbeing, reducing social isolation and improving self-esteem. We aim to provide those opportunities both in real life and online. Not everybody wants to sit in a craft class, or can get to them, but you can be social online or enjoy your own company while still being creative with our printables, and maybe just connecting with us, showing us your makes etc. For those who want it, we aim to provide Volunteer opportunities too, both in real-life with local community groups and helping us online.
It's not about making masterpieces,
it's about a bit of relaxing time-out
through creativity, chat and a cup of tea.
Officially a Non-Profit
New Community Interest Companies (CICs) have to be approved by the UK Government's CIC Regulator and we have different 'rules' to other companies - one of those is that CICs are run on a Not for Profit basis, meaning any 'surplus' we make must be reinvested, as shown below in this section from our legal documents:
The Confusing Part...
A better term would be 'not-for-personal-profit', because the more profit, or surplus, we generate the more we can reinvest into doing good stuff. So we must try make as much of a 'surplus' as we can, so that we can do more good in the long run. Normally a company can share out any profit to it's owners or shareholders, but we cannot, it must be reinvested e.g. if we had a huge profit, we can't pocket that and go get a big house for ourselves, instead it might be put towards getting a building for a craft centre! We also have to report back to the CIC Regulator on what we are doing and how we have fulfilled our social aims.
Now, more than ever,
we need to generate a sustainable income
through our digital craft supplies and activities
to help fund all the ways we are Crafting4Good!
How Can You Help?
You may not realise it, but just by reading this blog post you are helping us (the more people read it, the more Google thinks it must be worth reading and the more they show us to others when they search for stuff).
There are many other ways you can help too, both free and paid.
- Follow us on social media (free)
- Share and Like our posts, photos and products in the store (free)
- Share this blog and posts you read (free)
- Donate your unwanted craft supplies (free, if we cover your postage)
- Buy our printable craft supplies (+ you can Sell What You Make)
- Give £1 to our crowdfunding campaign
Got questions? Run Group Activities? Need Creative Resources?