Staff from Hightown have given back to their local communities by volunteering for organisations across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

The special 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 with administrative tasks at the Collett School, Hertfordshire’s only all-through Special Educational Needs school, and helped to sort out donations for the Rennie Grove Hospice Shops across Hemel Hempstead, and Dacorum based temporary night shelter DENS. 

There was also plenty to do in the great outdoors as staff showed off their green fingers by helping out with the gardening at The Lodge Centre where DENS provide short term accommodation and support to people that would otherwise be homeless. Gardening was also on the agenda for the Gadebridge Scouts Association and the Collett School, which has also been Hightown’s chosen charity for the past three years.   

Volunteers rolled their sleeves up and got stuck in with removing tree guards at The Old Barn on London Road which is run by The Boxmoor Trust. 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.

David Bogle, Hightown Chief Executive, said:

“Our annual staff conference provides a fantastic opportunity for us to really give something special back to our local communities. From gardening to filing and everything in between, it was wonderful to see everyone getting stuck in and really helping out.”

After spending the morning volunteering, staff were later visited by theatre group ‘May Contain Nuts’ who performed a play about mental health and offered a Q&A session afterwards. All actors in the theatre group have experienced mental health issues and draw on their first-hand experiences to bring their performances to life.