June 20, 2018 05:30 PM

The Flower Bank

 

"CommUNITY Barnet helped me understand the language of completing a bid"

 

Who is The Flower Bank

The Flower Bank is a local social enterprise that takes any unwanted or wasted flowers and bedding plants from supermarkets and uses them to create flower arrangements for care homes, dementia units and mental health groups. They also do a lot of work with young offenders and provide an opportunity to learn the art of flower arranging and delivery.

 

The Beginnings

The Flower Bank was founded by Ursula Stone, who after studying Floristry at Capel Manor was left overwhelmed with the scale of floristry waste from supermarkets. After attending a ‘paupers’ funeral she realised she could use her skills to do something positive for the community.

 

Working with CommUNITY Barnet

CommUNITY Barnet has been involved with the Flower Bank since the early days and Ursula says “Knowing that CommUNITY Barnet exists is great – it’s a fantastic resource. They have helped me in completing grant applications, helping me understand the language of completing a bid, networking, setting milestones and realistic target settings."

 

I attended their Action Learning Sets training course which was a great help too. The fact they run these courses is fantastic and that they are Barnet centric.

 

We are lucky to have Jeni Osborne, Head of Community Services at CommUNITY Barnet who is very dynamic, hardworking, inspirational and positive. Jeni is very practical and level headed. She has good vision and linking people.

 

What's Next

Over the next 12 months the Flower Bank would like more supermarkets involved in the project, to increase media awareness to raise the profile of the charity and increase their work with young offenders.

 

Fundraising

The Flower Bank is looking to raise funds so they can transform a derelict shop in Barnet into a community florist and learning centre. They are delighted to have been pledged £30,000 from the Mayor of London!  However they still need to raise more funds to make this a reality. If you would like to pledge funds for this amazing enterprise click here.

 

Awards

June 2018 The Flower Bank won a Social Impact award from Festival of Learning. Read more here

 

Media

27 June 2018 BBC Radio 4 - You and Yours Show: "Secondary Tickets, Old Flowers, Housing Shortage"

 

CommUNITY Barnet will continue to support the Flower Bank and wish them every success with their future plans.