Giving back

It’s not just about bricks and mortar for Thrive. We want to make a real difference to our customers and the wider community, so every year we give back in several ways.

During 2019-20, Thrive awarded £40,000 in grants, gave 292.5 hours of volunteering and supported over 400 people in and around the communities we operate in.

Click below to learn which causes and organisations benefited from our support last year. 

  • Grants

    During 2019-20 we awarded £40,000 in grants to support the following organisations and causes: 

    • £18,556 awarded to fun Domestic Abuse and Community Support Workers: funding goes towards Three Rivers District Council and partners to engage people with common and complex mental health disorders and providing holistic needs assessment, support, advice and onward referral to standard-medium risk victims of domestic abuse in Three Rivers and Watford. 
    • £12,500 awarded to Citizens Advice Bureau: funding is allocated towards supplying fast track financial advice to Thrive customers.
    • £6,000 awarded to Watford Workshop Work Experience: to provide 12 adults with disabilities the opportunity to complete an eight week course to gain life skills.

    Other organisations that supported from small grants of up to £500 included:

    • Hemel Youth Football Club Kit Sponsorship:  to contribute towards football Kits for U7 Boys and U8 Girls team.
    • New Hope: A Bed for the Night – Assessment Beds: To support the Assessment Beds service which focuses on providing early intervention to prevent people from experiencing the damaging effects of rough sleeping.
    • Community Learning Partnership (CLP) - Summer Wellbeing Arts & Crafts Project: supporting the provision of therapeutic arts and crafts learning for the CLP community throughout the summer holiday months.
    • Small Act of Kindness Watford and Three Rivers: to support the provision of gifts to help older people and keep them warm throughout the winter. 
    • Herts Young Homeless Hertfordshire: to support providing services to support vulnerable people.
    • Drug Link Hemel Hempstead: to support the provision of support, education and training to those who are or could be affected by substance abuse. 
    • St Joseph’s Catholic School: a contribution towards the school's football team kits. 

The service has given me confidence to go out on my own. I am so happy with the dedication my support worker provided.

Three Rivers District Council Community Support Worker service user

  • Volunteering

    During 2019-20 our colleagues gave 292.5 hours of working time to volunteer in our local communities supporting the following organisations and causes:

    • South Oxhey Conservation: Carrying out gardening to clear a large area of overgrown Rhododendrons to create more space for the other trees to grow and areas for people to walk around.
    • Ascend Dig Deep: working on the Allotment with people from the local community and some Thrive tenants. 
    • Mill End community café: clearing an area of overgrown bushes so that the space can be used for other activities. We also painted the Foodbank storage container.
    • Sunnyside Rural Trust: help maintaining some plants in the green house ready for use in a garden project.
    • Mill End Community centre: we painted they communal toilets for centre users.
    • Frogmore Paper Mill: we cleared and trimmed all overgrown bushes at the Apsley mills cottage for visitors to benefit.
    • Watford Workshop: help in the warehouse to pack items such as shoe insoles and hair brushes for distribution.