The Good Gifts Catalogue

I felt extremely honoured last week to attend an event at the House of Commons to celebrate The Charities Advisory Trust, and the five initiatives that the lovely ladies at Rumour PR work with:  Knit for PeaceThe Good Gifts CatalogueCard AidThe Green Hotel and Peace Oil.  The main purpose of the event was to highlight the good work that all these initiatives do, and to suggest alternative gifts for weddings and birthdays and of course Christmas, plus it was a great opportunity to visit one of the UK’s most iconic buildings. knit for peace

Knit for Peace support and start knitting groups in Schools, Universities, Community Groups and Prisons. These groups are usually in areas of deprivation that benefit greatly from having a regular community activity for everyone to join in.  They also distribute knitted items to those in need. The vast majority of these items are donated by kind, generous and talented knitters around the country.

good gift guide

The Good Gifts Catalogue  was born 10 years ago, and is a refreshing alternative to conventional unwanted presents.  They are guided by 2 commitments: first, that every Good Gift is always wanted.  And second when you buy a Good Gift, your money buys the actual gift.  So, if you would like to give a more thoughtful gift and help a charity at the same time I urge you to have a look at the website.

card aid

Card Aid  shops were developed to provide an outlet for charities to sell their Christmas cards to a wider public. There are now about 30 Card Aid shops selling charity Christmas cards on behalf of over 200 charities and they are now available online too.

the green hotel

Image via: Trip Advisor

The Green Hotel has been set up as a model of sustainable tourism, by a UK charity. All profits are distributed to charitable and environmental projects in India.  It's situated in Mysore, the charming town immortalised by RK Narayan in his Malgudi novels and provides an excellent base from which to tour South India. The Western Ghats, the coffee plantations of Coorg, the game reserves of the Nilgris and the Ooty hill station are all within a few hours drive.

peace oil

Peace Oil is produced in Israel by Jews, Arabs, Druze and Bedouin working together. Grown in the foothills of the Carmel Mountains, the olives are pressed within hours of picking, to produce this prize winning extra virgin olive oil.  An initiative of registered UK charity the Charities Advisory Trust, Peace Oil encourages co-operation between communities. By helping to market their produce it hopes to bring economic prosperity to such enterprises, encouraging others to follow their example.