Regardless of what is going on in the world, Christmas is still a coming. October sounds like a good time to start planning and beat the race to the post office where there are delays with shipping and posting to ensure your gift arrives on time.
This year, this is not just about keeping up the Christmas tradition of giving families and loved ones a gift. It's a timely gift to cheer loved ones up, to surprise them with something special that uplifts their spirits, to remind them they are loved with a thoughtful gift that says you took the time and made the effort to show them how loved they are. Everyone needs to hear that message now, more so than any other time.
There is online shopping galore, and Space2b is such a place where you can shop online, get beautiful unique gifts, and support newly arrived migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum to become financially independent.
They do have a physical shop/presence at 144 Chapel St, St Kilda and are an innovative social enterprise where their multifaceted approach creates numerous opportunities for new migrants and refugees to work, train and participate. Participants can build on their existing abilities, increase their language skills and work with other designers to enhance their creative and economic independence. Do visit them in-store where you'll see more designers and artists represented.
Find out more about the Space2b Designershere, where you'll also find co-founders Mariam Issa and Janine Lawrie. All products for sale at Space2b has been made by this community of artists and designers, and are made ethically. It's either handmade here in Australia or made overseas by local artisans from the families and communities of Space2b designers who are building their businesses by designing in Australia & importing ethical products.
You can also support a good cause like Space2b by donating because everyone, include refugees and asylum seekers all deserve to feel safe and happy, to feel like they belong and to feel fulfilled. Your help will enable Space2b provide opportunities in Entrepreneur-Business (Space2Fly), Work Opportunities (Space2work) and Connection (Space2connect), Festivals and Events.
Space2b have two upcoming events you may like to participate in. These events are part of Space2b's Feels Like Home online event that celebrates multicultural art, dance and music, and it comes to an end on 15 October. Find out more about the events taking place on 8 and 15 October 2021 here. If you love street art and good food, you may not want to miss the Q&A event Street Art Meets Culinary Art with world-renowned street artist Heesco and multi-award winning, hat-accumulating chef and owner of Attica, Ben Shewry. You'll need to register to attend these free events as follows - Q&A with Heesco and Ben Shewry, and Friday Night Drinks where favourite drink recipes from around the world will be shared, so go ahead and join in for a tipple.
Shoping online is where you'll find amazing goodies that'll bring joy to everyone you gift. This is gifting that goes three ways; joy of giving for you, joy of receiving for loved ones and joy of support for Space2b, and that's what Christmas and humanity is all about - spreading love and joy, especially in these difficult times where individuals are feeling a little more emotionally and mentally stressed and good causes are suffering from lack of funding or being able to fundraise. You'll find some unique goodies that'll stand out from the rest in face masks, eye masks, heat packs, eye pillows, home and living, notebooks, kitchen and cooking, bath and body, women's clothing, eco living, tea towels, jewellery, for men, books and puzzles, accessories, kids and baby, toys, baskets, scrub caps made to order, Australiana and art.
Take a look at the Virtual Art Exhibition/Galleryhere. You'll find a barcode you can scan to shop the artworks on the page. You'll also find paintings listed in the Art Gallery on the website. Head to the website and find out more about Space2b and stay in touch. Check out their Laneway Cafe when possible - find out more about their Community Art Projects, their Programs, and their Workshops and Events. You can also get involved through Volunteering. Their Facebook page has a lot of interesting content, including more information about the products, the artists and the stories. Get to know them better by Joining their Facebook We Are Connected group and you'll be privy to weekly international recipes and more.