We look forward to exploring how we can effectively distribute donated flowers to people in need in Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Haringey.
Operation smiles is pilot project created to develop a lasting partnership with Arena flowers (Milton Keynes) and Voyage youth in Hackney. The project operates on many levels but is essentially an up cycling volunteering project designed to redistribute unsold flowers to individuals in need. We wish to focus operation smiles on those recovering from the symptoms of the pandemic, those who has lost loved ones, unsupported carers in the community as well our Windrush elders in Haringey.
The project requires a team of up 15 young leaders (can be reduced to 8 if young people are prepared to undertake more roles) to join us for two days a week (Friday and Saturdays) to receive, prepare, pack and bouquet before flowers are stored for distribution the next day. Aided by strong desk based research distribution will take on many approaches which include young people delivering bouquets to peoples homes, hostels and care facilities supported by a collection service to groups and community based organisations.