HELPING REFUGEE WOMEN
There are just over 100,000 refugees living in the UK, and although we often hear about the journeys people make to get here, we very rarely hear about the challenges they face once they arrive. Refugees are six times less likely to be employed than the national average - and, unfortunately, women fare even worse.
Bread & Roses was set up to tackle the social and financial isolation that refugee and asylum seeking women experience as a consequence of unemployment. Our holistic approach balances practical advice and guidance with the therapeutic outlet of floristry, helping women to gain the skills and knowledge they need to secure jobs or volunteerships - and the emotional stability they need to sustain them.
Every sale of Bread & Roses blooms supports the women who made them on their pathway to employment.
Ordering our flowers for events enables the women we train in floristry to put their skills to use - and earn a London living wage while they're at it. If you'd like to fill your space with our beautiful blooms, get in touch with us to discuss your requirements. As we're a small team, we can't always respond to queries right away but will aim to get back to you within a week.
Here are a few of the ways you can make a difference in the
lives of women refugees and asylum seekers living in London:
The women we support are hardworking and ambitious, but lack experience relevant to the careers they want. They are keen to gain experience as volunteers. If you run a floristry business and are able to take on a new volunteer, we’d love to hear from you. Our team can help you find the right woman, and help them prepare for the role.
Many employers mistakenly believe that refugees do not have the right to work in the UK. This isn’t true. The women we work with have rich and varied experience - from childcare and cooking to speaking several languages and setting up small businesses - and are ready to make a positive contribution to your business.
A core part of our work is providing women with the space to socialise, be creative and try new things - essential in helping to build confidence, a sense of community and emotional wellbeing. If you would like to come and deliver a workshop, or host a group of refugee women in your own space, get in touch!