Simple Gifts is a centre for social action: a welcoming, friendly, and warm space where people from all walks of life can come together and have a cup of tea.

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Simple Gifts is committed to building and maintaining bonds of community. We believe that social action exists in the everyday connections between people, in acts of care and love. We aim to create a space that alleviates the struggles and stresses of life, that combats isolation and loneliness and that empowers people to be themselves.

Simple Gifts was conceived of by a small group of Unitarians in 2011 and opened in May 2012 in an under-used Unitarian church. Although Simple Gifts has moved away from its core of Unitarian volunteers and has become led by the community itself, the Unitarian values of dignity, equality and compassion are still at the centre of what we do.

Lis, Director
Lis has been with Simple Gifts since 2015, first as the Volunteer Manager and then as Director.

Hava, Programme Manager
Noa has been volunteering with Simple Gifts since January 2018 and then took the position of Programme Manager.

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As a charity we couldn’t exist without your generous donations and any amount is appreciated. You can give us a one-off donation, set up a monthly donation, or buy us much-needed items from our wishlist.

All our programmes are volunteer-run, and we’re always excited when people are interested in volunteering with us. Volunteering is a great opportunity for practicing English, making friends, building confidence, and developing skills for work. Contact volunteer@simplegiftsucsa.org.uk for more information!

We also welcome any fundraising ideas, if you’d like to support us through fundraising or holding events please let us know!

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Before you go...
We would love to keep you updated with everything that goes on at Simple Gifts! And in exchange we'll send you a free recipe book of delicious food that we've cooked at our Lunch Club.