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This London social enterprise trains refugee women as florists

Written by
Salma Haidrani

Government support for refugees is scarce, but getting employment can help new arrivals integrate and thrive in an unfamiliar city. Founded in London in May 2016 by translator Sneh Jani and hostel worker Olivia Head, Bread & Roses is a social enterprise that trains refugee women in floristry.

Tackling the specific challenges faced by unemployed refugees, it has worked with more than 60 women from all over the world, helping them gain English language skills, confidence and an understanding of the UK job market. Several have gone on to paid work.

Help vulnerable new Londoners start out on a stronger footing by buying a Valentine’s bouquet with a conscience, or splurge on a wreath-making workshop. You can even nudge your workplace to sponsor a trainee, and they’ll send you a weekly bouquet and run a floristry workshop in your office. There’s nothing like watching someone bloom. 

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