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Our Community Engagement Programme

Thank you to all organisations that have applied for support

Our Review Panel have carefully reviewed all of the applications received and are pleased to announce that the following organisations showed commitment and passion to help the local community and will be supported by our programme.




Ascend is a charity working to help people with problems caused by social deprivation and unemployment and to support people with learning disabilities.

Ascend provide education and training opportunities to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds across Hertfordshire into employment.

With the money donated Ascend will build an outdoor classroom with raised beds, level paths, assemble a log cabin for all year-round learning and help wildlife conservation.


Hertfordshire Independent Living Services

Hertfordshire Independent Living Services (HILS) is a charity set up to provide meals on wheels across Hertfordshire whilst also caring for clients in the community and developing creative new services.

HILS already has 4,000 vulnerable and elderly people across Hertfordshire who receive hot meals. The charity contacts their members daily to ensure they are eating and drinking enough water as some people struggle with mobility, prepare their own drinks or even open a bottle of water. To help support their service users, HILS have put together hydration packs that can be used by all their members.


The Mixed Group

The Mixed Group raises money to host a dinner event on Christmas Day for lonely and elderly people, living within the borough of Welwyn and Hatfield. The aim of the charity is to combat social isolation amongst the elderly and prevent them spending Christmas day alone.






Watford Workshop

Watford Workshop provides disabled people with employment that helps them prepare for employment in the mainstream workforce.

The charity provides life skills and independent living skills training to help people living in Hertfordshire. As part of their every growing programme, Watford Workshop will be introducing cooking and hygiene training.




Chiltern Citizens Advice Bureau

Citizens Advice Chiltern provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to people living or working in the Chiltern and South Bucks area on their rights and responsibilities. It is an independent charity, relying on individuals and organisations for funding to cover their critical costs. Their aim is to provide the advice people need for the problems they face, and improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives.

CAB will use the money Affinity Water has donated to help vulnerable customers save water, energy and money and to ensure customers are on the Priority Services Register.



Hythe Civic Society

Hythe Civic Society works with the local and district councils on community projects, including tree planting, management of open spaces and floral displays in the summer. The society also run groups to educate the local community on environmental sustainability.

The society are currently building a community orchard in Hythe and also plan to improve a local leisure area with a wildflower meadow, allotments, play area, quarry woodland and preserve local fruit varieties for the future.




Support 4 Sight

The charity currently supports over 4,000 people affected by sight loss with information, advice and support to help them regain their independence and self-confidence.

Affinity Water has donated funds to Support 4 Sight, which will help the charity continue their home visiting services in Uttlesford and help people with sight loss.





Go Godalming Youth Club

Go Godalming Youth Club was set up fifteen years ago to help young people from the local community.

Youth members often take part in kayaking and have also given the opportunity to gain a Duke of Edinburgh and a B.C.U award.

With the money donated, the club will replace their current buoyancy aids as the original ones have started to deteriorate. The buoyancy aids are part of the safety equipment that is worn by all members going in the water.


Surrey Care Trust

Surrey Care Trust provides learning, training and mentoring to support young people and adults in improving their chances in life.

With the money donated, the charity is looking for funding to use boats as outdoor classrooms where trained volunteers can deliver life skill courses, river experiences and environmental volunteering opportunities up and down the Rivers Wey and Thames.



Woking District Scouts

Woking District Scouts is a local scout group which helps their local community by taking part in litter clearance and conservation work. The Woking District Scouts also help at local disability clubs and schools.

Each year since 1986, the group has run a weekend camp for disabled children from local schools. Activities include archery, kayaking, cooking and climbing. The children can take part with the necessary adult support, something they would not have the opportunity to do very easily elsewhere. The camp gives them the opportunity to be independent and improve their social skills away from home.



Hawkinge Community Centre

Hawkinge Community Centre provides a range of sporting activities for the residents of Hawkinge. The centre is now fourteen years old and with the money donated, the water taps and toilet cisterns will be replaced with push button-timed flow taps and 9 litre push button pneumatic cisterns.






Morehall Pre-School

Morehall is a charitable pre-school with children aged 2-4 years old. Everything in the centre is paid for through donations and with the money donated, the school are buying a wooden shed for storage and a climbing frame to encourage children to climb, balance and socially interact with other children.






Shepway Tenants & Leaseholders Board

The Shepway Tenants and Leaseholders Board are voluntary tenants that have a gardening competition each year where they look for sponsors to give prizes to the winning tenants. Affinity Water is one of the sponsors and each year provides six water butts to encourage water saving in the garden.