"Hi, I’m Olivia! I’m one of the Candlemakers"
3 words that describe how I feel when I come to Bolster Community to make Acorn products: Great, Happy and Positive!
I always have a laugh with Kathy and Noreen. They always put me in a good mood, and know how to make me smile even when I’m having a bad day. I’ve made some good friends since coming to the workshop and I get on well with the other Candlemakers. We’re like one big family!
When I’m at home, I love to watch movies, especially comedies like Mr Bean’s Holiday. Shrek is another favourite of mine. And Tangled.
One thing most people don’t know about me…is that I love to sing! My favourite songs are ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ by the legendary Marvin Gaye and ‘You Win Again’ by the Bee Gees. I can hit all the high notes, no problem! I love coming into the Workshop to catch up with my friends while I work. My favourite thing to do while I’m working is…you guessed it: sing! Two Christmasses ago, Gary and I did a duet of ‘Fairytale of New York' while we were making the Christmas candles. A great way to get in the festive mood!
I was sad last year during Covid when we couldn’t come into the workshop for so many months. I had plenty of time to spend at home with my family and pets, but it’s great to be back again making up orders for the guests at Killeavey Castle. I know the guests will enjoy all our products we make with a lot of love.
My all-time favourite scent is Lavender Spa! I love making a few Lavender Spa candles and how the scent fills the workshop…it’s so relaxing. I hope people try out this scent, then they can agree with me that Lavender Spa is the best one we have.”
Vegan, Cruelty-free, Eco-friendly
Every Acorn product is vegan-friendly and cruelty-free. Our Candlemakers are animal lovers, especially Olivia who is passionate about animal welfare, so it was important for Acorn to have the cruelty-free certification be an important part of our rebrand.
Bolster Community and Acorn are delighted to be joined in partnership with Killeavey Castle and thank them for their continued support of our Social Enterprise which brings purpose and a #scentsofachevement to local young people of mixed ability. With Acorn’s recently rebranded packaging material made from 90% recyclable materials, we are joined by Killeavey Castle in the protection of the natural environment. “The team at Killeavy Castle Estate are proud to be surrounded by such a magical landscape and a wonderful community. We work tirelessly with The Woodland Trust, the Forestry Service and Newry Mourne and Down District Council to increase the level of broadleaf trees planted in Slieve Gullion as it is very important for us that this area is restored to its former glory. For us, this partnership with Bolster Community opens up a new opportunity for us to give back and become an even greater part of the local community.”
Olivia (right) with fellow Candlemaker Lisa & Noreen promoting Acorn at Women To The Wise