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HELPING REFUGEE WOMEN
TO FLOURISH
THROUGH EMPLOYMENT

 



 

ORDER FROM US

Every sale of Bread & Roses blooms supports the women who made them on their pathway to employment.

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bread & roses spring subscription

Sign up for our five-week Spring subscription, starting on Wednesday 29th March until Wednesday 26th April. Each week we'll deliver a different seasonal bouquet to your home or place of work, carefully created by refugee women training to become junior florists within our team. £250 for the five-week subscription, including delivery and vase rental.

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WORK WITH US

Here are a few of the ways you can make a difference in the
lives of women refugees and asylum seekers living in London: 

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host a volunteer


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 business, organisation or charity 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.

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provide an employment
opportunity

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. If you’d like to provide a refugee woman with an employment opportunity, we’d love to hear from you. 

run A WORKSHOP
 

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, please get in touch.

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INVITE US TO SPEAK AT AN EVENT

We are passionate about the work we do everyday in support of women refugees and asylum seekers. But more must be done to raise awareness of the challenges these women face. So, whether you're organising a corporate, creative arts or social event, we would be thrilled to come and speak - to share our story, and the stories of the incredible women we have worked with.

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OUR STORY

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 tackles 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 find jobs or volunteerships - and the emotional stability they need to sustain them.

Since setting up, we’ve worked with over 50 inspired and inspiring women whose generosity, humour and resilience defies the difficulties of their shared experience. Some of these women are now in meaningful employment and volunteering positions. Others, unable to work because of the trauma they suffered, have found confidence and a community of support through our work at Bread & Roses. 

 

OUR TEAM

SNEH JANI Cofounder and Director Sneh's interest in refugee rights started when she was a student in Berlin, where she worked as a translator at the UNHCR. Since then, she's run programmes in London to raise aspirations for mothers and daughters from low socio-economic backgrounds, and has been involved in the aid effort in Calais.

SNEH JANI Cofounder and Director

Sneh's interest in refugee rights started when she was a student in Berlin, where she worked as a translator at the UNHCR. Since then, she's run programmes in London to raise aspirations for mothers and daughters from low socio-economic backgrounds, and has been involved in the aid effort in Calais.

OLIVIA HEAD Cofounder and Director Throughout university and beyond, Olivia has worked with young homeless people - many of whom struggle to find employment. In her last job she met many refugees and asylum seekers where she discovered that, for a number of reasons, refugee women have an especially hard time finding work.

OLIVIA HEAD Cofounder and Director

Throughout university and beyond, Olivia has worked with young homeless people - many of whom struggle to find employment. In her last job she met many refugees and asylum seekers where she discovered that, for a number of reasons, refugee women have an especially hard time finding work.

LOLA Florist Originally from Eritrea, Lola trained as a florist in Paris before moving to the UK a few years ago. She speaks 9 languages -  handy when running workshops with women from around the world!

LOLA Florist

Originally from Eritrea, Lola trained as a florist in Paris before moving to the UK a few years ago. She speaks 9 languages -  handy when running workshops with women from around the world!

LIVI Lead Florist A freelance florist and writer who has been giving her time and expertise to Bread & Roses since the project was set up, the wonderful Livi leads our floristry workshops. 

LIVI Lead Florist

A freelance florist and writer who has been giving her time and expertise to Bread & Roses since the project was set up, the wonderful Livi leads our floristry workshops. 

REBEKAH Florist Before moving to the UK from Australia, Rebekah was a social worker. Since arriving in London, she's trained as a florist and started sharing her many skills with the women Bread & Roses supports.

REBEKAH Florist

Before moving to the UK from Australia, Rebekah was a social worker. Since arriving in London, she's trained as a florist and started sharing her many skills with the women Bread & Roses supports.