Staff from Hightown Housing Association have given back to their local communities by volunteering for organisations across Hemel Hempstead and Watford.

The morning of volunteering was organised as part of the annual Hightown conference, which encourages staff at the Maylands-based housing association to give something back to local organisations.

Staff got stuck in to gardening and administrative tasks as well as sprucing up the playground at The Collett School, Hertfordshire’s only all-through moderate learning difficulties (MLD) Special Educational Needs School. A team of volunteers also helped sort out donations for the Rennie Grove Hospice Shops in Hemel Hempstead.

Another group of staff showed off their green fingers by helping out with gardening tasks at the Sunnyside Rural Trust in Hemel Hempstead and the Gadebridge Scouts Association. Sunnyside Rural Trust offers work experience to adults with learning disabilities in various areas of horticulture.  

A team of volunteers also worked with the Canal & River Trust to dig up weeds and paint a stretch of canal running through the town.

Other activities included spending the morning with the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) in Tylers Way, Watford, where volunteers helped the charity prepare for its forthcoming Open Day. Hightown staff got stuck in with tidying, ticketing prizes, gardening and general handy work. The NAWT in Watford cares for and rehomes hundreds of cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs each year.

Another small team of volunteers put their paintbrushes to good use by brightening up two Hertfordshire Mind wellbeing centres. Hertfordshire Mind deliver essential mental health support across the county. They are Hightown’s chosen charity and staff have raised an impressive £5,145 in the past year.   

David Bogle, Hightown Chief Executive, said:

“Our annual staff conference provides a fantastic opportunity for us to really give something back to our local communities. It was wonderful to see everyone getting involved and really helping out!”