Hightown Housing Association staff have helped make a real difference by taking part in a range of volunteering projects at charities and organisations across the town.

A special morning of volunteering activities was offered to staff as part of their annual Staff Conference on Thursday 27th April.

Many staff chose to join one of the volunteer working groups so they could give something back to their communities in Hertfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.

Their activities included helping with gardening at the Elms Temporary Accomodation Hostel, Hemel  Hempstead, where  DENS, the  charity for single homeless people provide short term accommodation to people that would otherwise be homeless,  as well as a range of advice.

Green fingers were also needed to spruce up the gardens at Hightown’s Young People’s Housing Service in the town, as well as tidy the gardens at The Collett School in Lockers Park Lane, home to Hertfordshire’s only all-through Special Educational Needs school.

Other hands-on projects included helping prepare the ground for the installation of a new covered outdoor area at the 1st Gadebridge Scouts Group, as well as working with the Canal & River Trust to improve the stretch of canal running through the town.

There was also an opportunity to treat the panel fencing around a birdwatching area on the boardwalk run by The Boxmoor Trust in Westbrook Hay, as well as clearing a path to the birdfeeders. Other volunteers were in St Albans High Street handing out leaflets to recruit runners for the Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s annual fund-raising Fun Run. Their Hemel 10k and 1.5k Superhero Fun Run takes place on Sunday 9th July.

Indoor activities saw Hightown’s volunteers working on administrative tasks at The Collett School and DENS, as well as sorting through and organising donations in the town’s Rennie Grove Hospice charity shops.

David Bogle, Hightown Chief Executive, said: “It’s great to see volunteering as part of our staff conference working so well, as it benefits our staff at the same time as giving something back to our local communities.”