In September and October 2019, we are running a pilot series of floristry workshops for ten survivors of human trafficking


These workshops will provide the opportunity for women to be creative, to find community and to learn new skills. We want to use floristry as a therapeutic tool to help survivors to flourish.

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The four full-day workshops will teach ten women a range of floristry skills including hand-tied bouquets, buttonholes, flower crowns, wreaths and table arrangements.

For the duration of the pilot, we will work with British flowers and without floral foam to reduce carbon footprint and waste, and to enhance the ethical nature of the training.

The founders and florists of British flower growers Wolves Lane Flower Company have agreed to teach the workshops. Hestia, a London-based charity with a leading modern slavery response team has agreed to send us participants for the pilot (each with a Support Worker).

We are committed to sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint. Consequently, all of the flowers that will be used for the pilot will be sourced in the UK from local flower farmers. 90% of cut flowers sold in the UK each year come from Holland [1]. Whilst it can be more expensive to source locally,  we are strongly committed to reducing our impact on the environment and supporting local businesses around us.


Perhaps the reason you are drawn to flowers is not only for their outer beauty, but because they remind you, beautiful things will bloom after the longest seasons of waiting
— Morgan Harper Nicholls

 

[1] Courier Media (2018). Making the UK flower industry bloom again. View article