Positive Posies

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one lonely person
Into happiness again
I shall not live in vain.
Emily Dickinson

Bantani Cymru is thrilled to announce the success of the heart-warming ‘Positive Posies’ initiative this summer, breathing new life into bridal floral displays and connecting communities with acts of kindness. Bantani Cymru, a spin out of Bantani Education and the International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development (IICED), UWTSD, is working with Swansea Council for Voluntary Services (SCVS), Oldwalls and Penyrheol Primary School to teach children about, amongst other things, the power of simple acts of kindness and the potential of collaboration to create social and sustainable value .

The innovative Positive Posies programme recognises the beauty and value in bridal bouquets, which often cost thousands of pounds and are admired for just one day. With the help of dedicated volunteers, these luxurious floral arrangements are collected post-ceremony and delivered to participating schools, churches, and community groups. Here, they are transformed – or “upcycled” – into delightful posies.

But the beauty of Positive Posies doesn’t end there. These freshly-made posies find their way into the hands of those in our community who would greatly benefit from a touch of compassion – the lonely, the ill, the elderly, and the excluded. 1500 posies have been delivered so far!

Hazel Israel, Director of Bantani Cymru, said, “This initiative is not just about sustainability; it’s about teaching our younger generation the values of empathy, generosity, and resourcefulness. By repurposing these floral displays, children and community members learn that beauty, kindness, and purpose can be found in places we least expect.”

The dual benefit of this initiative is palpable. Penyrheol Primary Headteacher, Alison Williams said “On one hand, those crafting the posies experience the joy of creativity and the profound lesson of turning something fleeting into a lasting gesture of goodwill. On the other hand, the recipients receive not just a posy, but a symbol of community care.”

“I was deeply touched to receive such a beautiful posy,” shares Margaret Evans, an 84-year-old recipient. “It’s more than just flowers; it’s a reminder that there are people out there who care.”

By backing Positive Posies, Bantani Cymru reiterates its commitment to sustainable practices, community engagement and collaboration, and fostering kindness and value for others in every corner of Wales.