April 2019's Random Acts of Flowers
CHARITY- Contact the Elderly
There are 3.6 million older people in the UK who live alone. Many of these people suffer feelings of isolation and often feel invisible to the rest of the world.
Contact the Elderly is the national charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation amongst older people living in the United Kingdom.
“Our mission is to empower older people to make new social connections, and break out of the cycle of social isolation.”
They have had a massive impact on improving the wellbeing of elderly people by organising small social gatherings in the comfort of volunteers’ homes. Those who attend have said they now have something to look forward to and greatly enjoy socialising with the other members.
Mr Florista visited a local tea party in Bath to surprise guests with posies of flowers. It was a real treat to see the joy on their faces when we presented them with their bunches, we even received a round of applause upon leaving!
Our Random Acts of Flowers was just a small token to brighten their day, if you think you can help Contact the Elderly to continue improving the lives of older people through volunteering you can find out more here.
Please take the time to watch this short film ‘Break the Silence’ released by Contact the Elderly to raise awareness on loneliness and isolation. Chitra (76), Harry (93) and June (76) describe what it’s like to live as an older person in our fast moving modern world.
If you would like to make a donation you can do so here.
INDEPENDENT BUSINESS- Leak
The appropriately named Leak is the brainchild of local mums and entrepeneurs Kirstie Clarke and Sid Neil. The pair approached the local authority about turning derelict public toilets in Larkhall Square into a shop a few years ago and haven’t looked back since!
The beautifully converted space sells a range of gifts from local designers, such as children's toys, jewellery and homeware amongst a plethora of other things. Leak is not only a shop but a pinnacle of the local community! They run small events from the shop such as Halloween crafts, Christmas workshops and not to mention the ever successful chillout space for the Larkhall Festival.
The ladies also continue to maintain a free unisex public toilet, which is disability compliant and offers baby-changing facilities.
We visited Sid and Kirstie when their Larkhall Festival party was in full swing to give them our Random Acts of Flowers. We love that they are constantly championing local makers and designers and bringing the community together through their innivotive events.
NOMINATION- Betty Holmes
Our individual nomination selected by Mr Florista this month went to Betty Holmes. She was very surprised when we knocked on her door and was delighted to receive a bunch of our flowers! Betty was nominated by a friend this is what they had to say about her:
“Betty is a very good person and more importantly a very good friend. She has 1 son, Roger, and 40 years ago invited new parents (with babies with special needs like myself) into her home so we could chat and socialize and not feel alone. We still meet up every few months in different pubs and venues even though our children are now adults. We have all become life long friends who have supported each other. THANK YOU BETTY for being you.”
Well done Betty, what an inspiration!