So many of our indie shops do good deeds, choose love and support local charities through donations and campaigns. This page signposts some of these wonderful charities, the work they do and the shops that support them.
The Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity
We have a reputation in Greater Manchester for helping each other out. The Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity, founded by the Mayor and run by volunteers, helps people in need of special care or support due to their circumstances, age, disability or risk of abuse and neglect. 100% of funds raised go to help the most vulnerable across the city region.
In 2020, Stanley Chow designed a mug and print portrait of Mayor Burnham, with proceeds going to Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity
Combating poverty and preventing homelessness. Over the past 20 years Mustard Tree has an established a track record of supporting people across Greater Manchester.
Isca in Levenshulme donated 10% of their 2020 sales to support Mustard Tree.
Manchester Young Lives
Manchester Young Lives works to promote the social and educational inclusion of children and young people. They believe everyone can improve their life chances through learning and make a successful transition to adult life given the right opportunities, support and guidance.
On Black Friday, Oklahoma in the Northern Quarter raised money for Manchester Young Lives.
Fallowfield & Withington Foodbank
Seeded by The Trussell Trust, Fallowfield & Withington Foodbank is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in the local area.
Lentils & Lather in Didsbury raised money for Fallowfield & Withington Foodbank with their 2020 Christmas raffle. Sukikoko made a donation to their local Trussell Trust Foodbank from Christmas sales.
Together Now supports refugees living in the UK to reunite with family members they have been forced to leave behind whilst fleeing persecution. Supporting refugee family reunion can help victims of persecution begin to rebuild their lives as a family unit.
Le Social donates a proportion of sales to support Together Now.
Rainbow Noir is a volunteer led social, peer support and community action group, which celebrates and platforms people of colour who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer and/or Intersex (LGBTQI). Rainbow Noir exist to provide a voice for LGBTQI people of colour in Greater Manchester and the North West.
Le Social donates a proportion of sales to support Rainbow Noir.
The Big Issue North
Big Issue North is a business solution to a social problem. It’s a limited company employing staff to produce and distribute a weekly magazine that is sold by people who have limited other ways of earning an income in the North West and Yorkshire and the Humber.
As well as selling the magazine, Big Issue vendors are given advice by staff on how to achieve their goals and improve their lives for good. Around 350 people sell Big Issue North each week.
Square 2 Furniture makes regular donations to support Big Issue North.
Every year 1.6 million women experience domestic abuse. That’s 3 for every minute of everyday. Every single day Refuge works tirelessly to support thousands of women and children experiencing domestic violence and other forms of gender based violence.
Sukikoko donates a proportion of product sales to support Refuge.
Choose Love Shop
The Choose Love shop is the world’s first to sell real products for refugees and displaced communities. Every item represents a similar product or service provided by one of the organisations they support around the world.
Mockingbirds in Withington donated 10% of Black Friday sales and bought four sets of support packs for unaccompanied children with the money raised.