The Storybook Cafe

Chat with Faye Savory of Bear Hugs Gifts

An episode of The Storybook Cafe

By The Storybook Cafe
Welcome to The Storybook Cafe! As lovers of both books and cafes, and the importance of spreading mental health awareness, we have fused these elements into one wholesome hub of book-loving, tea-drinking, self-care practising loveliness. Each episode will focus on a different element of mental health, including self-care activities and practices, common things which effect our mental health,and how our identities intersect with mental health. We hope you enjoy them and get something useful from them, and know that if you are struggling with mental health issues, you are not alone!
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Chat with Faye Savory of Bear Hugs Gifts
All the way back in October I got to talk to the lovely Faye who is the Chief Sender of Hugs at Bear Hugs Gifts, a company she started from scratch after she became ill and had to leave her previous job. We talk about how she started, how to work with a disability and why business is better when centred around kindness. Hope you enjoy it!  We also both benefited from The Prince's Trust Enterprise Course which you can find out more about on their website and you can find Faye at
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