Residents at Jewish Care’s Lady Sarah Cohen House received a special visit from Channel 5 reporter, Simon Vigar, when 5 News dropped in on their regular floral workshop run by Ursula Stone.
Ursula’s social enterprise, The Flower Bank Hub has made national news recently through her sustainable approach to floristry. She collects unwanted flowers from supermarkets to make decorative arrangements as well as running creative workshops with residents of Jewish Care’s Betty and Asher Loftus Centre and Harringay young offenders. She recently raised enough money through crowdfunding, grants and trust funding to fund a premises which will allow her to take her work from her kitchen table to a new creative space.
Ursula recently took part in an afternoon art exhibition with the Jewish Care residents at The Betty and Asher Loftus Centre and regularly runs creative workshops for residents to participate in as well as bringing weekly flower arrangements to the home. Last week, when 5 News came to film them, the group, included the appropriately named Ruth Rose and Gillian Moss, made a gorgeous rose and moss piece for the reception area of The Betty and Asher Loftus Centre with all their names on the card, wishing everyone a happy Valentine’s Day. They also personalised vases and created their individual flower arrangements to decorate their rooms. After the news crew had left the ladies said, “It’s fantastic, how wonderful that the news crew came, we think Ursula is so creative and we really enjoyed the workshop.”
Ursula says, “What I like about Jewish Care homes are that the activity co-ordinators expectations for the sessions are clearly spelt out. I also like the fact that every resident, regardless of their ability can participate and create. It’s also really interesting to hear the residents talk about flowers, gardening and their experiences. I like delivering the flowers to the home on a Friday because it’s timely for Shabbat (the Jewish day of rest). The young offenders have been involved in its creation, because it’s easy to bring joy into other people’s lives.”
Janice Galloway Jewish Care’s Living Well Team coordinator at The Betty and Asher Loftus Centre care community in Friern Barnet, home to over 250 people, says, “Ursula arrives at the home with a huge basket of flowers of every shape, colour and size and brings great joy, humour and fun to every session. Each session is based around a special theme or celebration of a Jewish festival. Each participant has the opportunity to create their own unique seasonal displays for personal and communal areas around the home. Ursula’s sessions offer great sensory stimulation and a fun social opportunity for residents to share their love of flowers together. Sociable, creative and colourful – the true power of flowers!”
Jewish Care’s Living Well Team create and develop a programme of person-centred activities to support the social emotional, intellectual and spiritual well being of all residents. They programme a diverse range of activities (including one to one, small and large group activities) to meet the different needs and interests of individual residents.