Soaping up self-care and gifting for a good cause
NEW initiative Soap with Soul by We Make Good is whipping up handcrafted self-care products to support addiction recovery and living with disabilities.
The Irish start-up company partnered with ChildVision, a charity for young people with disabilities including sight loss, and addiction treatment provider Coolmine Therapeutic Community provide incomes for participants while opening the way to mainstream employment.
Social enterprise brand project We Make Good, collaborates with a variety of designers to create handcrafted products, supporting real value and employment for people living with challenges in a time when charities are struggling for funding. Soap with Soul is the latest as of the end of October to start up with support from emerging Irish designers.
“Covid has really shown us that we need to change the way we prioritise the environment and work for a more equal society where we focus on leaving no one behind,” said We Make Good co-founder Caroline Gardner. “These soaps exemplify these communal values in a really tangible way. They each come with a little story in the wrapper of how the project supports the makers to reach their potential, making them a really inspiring gift for this Christmas.”
Sustainably produced soaps are created by ChildVisions’s Lifelong Learning students and partnered with We Make Good, provide storefront space to sell their products in Dublin Ireland’s Georges Street Arcade as well as online.
“For many years when young people with sight loss and additional disabilities finish their time with ChildVision there are very few further education or employment options available to them,” says ChildVision’s Lifelong Learning Project Lead Amanda Deaton. “This project is about harnessing their creativity and letting them and the wider community appreciate their ability to create something beautiful and useful. The knowledge that they can do something of value brings a real sense of purpose and that can be quite literally life-changing.”