Thrive has established itself as an important community partner making a lasting impact on neighbourhoods and individuals. We support projects that improve people’s lives and their communities.
Our staff volunteering programme has built stronger relationships with our community partners and involved us supporting local events such as the Rickmansworth Festival, Croxley Revels and the Abbots Langley Festival.
The first year-long volunteering drive we ran involved staff working in their communities for 950 hours – worth a total of £16,000. It was such a success that we are planning to repeat the initiative.
We also work with community partners on numerous other initiatives, such as delivering an action-packed Enterprise Week at local secondary school Francis Combe Academy with Youth Connexions, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Herts Young Homeless, Youth Parliament, West Herts College and Watford & Three Rivers Trust.
A two-day Enterprise event we ran at Westfield Academy saw us work with a range of partner organisations to offer nearly 200 students sessions on key life skills, including managing budgets, CV writing and personal safety.
Our community grants scheme gave our nearly £60,000 last year to a variety of projects making a real difference to their local area. Organisations receiving funding included Home-Start Watford & Three Rivers, the Citizens Advice Bureau, the ASCEND project, Mill End Café, Watford Palace Theatre, South Oxhey’s Colnbrook School and Oxhey Woods Conservation Volunteers.