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