Who are we?
Apples & Pips is a social enterprise gift shop like no other.
Through the sale of gorgeous parent and baby products and bespoke hampers and gift sets, we are able to donate money to incredible UK charities across sectors such as baby loss, mental health, fertility, breastfeeding, and neonatal care.
So what has this got to do with flexible working and skills training?
I am a mum who gave up an awful, inflexible job when I became a mum. I was in the fortunate position of not needing to work, so took time to teach myself the digital skills that have brought me to where I am today. Not everyone has the luxury of not having to work, or the tools needed to retrain.
I want to launch affordable workshops on parental mental health, internet safety, business management, social media management, grammar and writing skills. These will be child friendly and include talks from other professionals, as well as delicious snacks made by fellow small business owners.
This project will raise the funds needed to secure suitable locations across under-represented areas outside of London, Manchester, and other big cities. The places where thousands of parents are looking for better opportunities but cannot afford to give up work and attend college, or don’t have childcare available. It will also help me to find professional childcare services for under 4s so that the parents can complete the workshops knowing that their children are being well cared for and entertained.