For the past couple of weeks, I’ve had the most amazing support from an 18-year-old Barnet Young Offender. He totally gets The Flower Bank is flexible and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. What he enjoys about The Flower Bank is the opportunity to meet Londoners that he’s never come across before. His reparations officer told me that we’d had a really positive impact on him, and they’re all delighted. Tomorrow he and I are decorating the outside of a children’s nursery to make it look Spring-like and welcoming. On Friday, a new young man started volunteering at The Flower Bank; he’d been referred to me by Turning Point. They work with the Met Police to defer prosecutions for young people who have committed minor offenses, thus keeping them out of the criminal justice system. He helped me to get our back garden into some shape, ready for Mother’s Day next Sunday, 14 March, and he was only too keen to help. Together we made a beautiful bouquet for him to take to his mum, which he was delighted with. Yesterday, our front window was transformed for Mother’s Day by Janine, who’d been dying to put her skills to some good use - mid-transformation, a customer asked us if we were taking orders for next Sunday because a local florist had told them they weren’t accepting any orders under £40! So get in touch if you’d like flowers we’re open next Sunday 11 - 3. Have a great week.