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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.


White Cliffs Countryside Partnership

White Cliffs Countryside Partnership is a countryside management organisation managing and caring for the countryside and coast around Dover and Folkestone. A part of this organisation’s work is community engagement, education about local chalk streams and the chalk downland landscape.

The charity also helps to educate people on the importance of rivers and the need to save water. With the money donated, the team will be buying new equipment for their ‘Pop up River’ lab events. These talks are open to anyone and are held on the paths next to the River Dour in Dover.


Hitchin Youth Allotment

Hitchin Youth kids holding gardening equipment


 Hitchin Youth Allotment is a youth project where children are encouraged to learn gardening skills and grow their own fruit and vegetables. The group holds a strong environmental theme including careful preservation of water resources, recycling and composting.

To continue their work, Hitchin Youth Allotment has asked for funding to double the size of their allotment. The increase in size will ensure the allotment can continue supporting young people and teach vital life skills.




Linford End Self-Managed Allotment

Members of the Linford End Self Managed Allotments

Linford End Self-Managed Allotment is a site containing 58 individual plots where as many people as possible are encouraged to benefit from growing wholesome organic food and contribute to community well-being. The teams raise awareness of important wider environmental issues such as water conservation, recycling and composting, as well as sharing information on culture, tradition and culinary practices.

With the money donated, the group has purchased a heavy-duty wood chipper so as they can use the tree bark for mulch, replace their broken strimmer and build a new communal shed.



Herts Domestic Abuse Line

Herts Domestic Abuse Line volunteer holding a poster

Herts Domestic Abuse Line is a registered charity covering the whole of Hertfordshire and provides a free and confidential service for anyone affected by domestic abuse or violence.

With the money donated, the Herts Domestic Abuse Line will be able to increase the promotion of their service to reach people 50 and over who may be experiencing domestic abuse.




Phoenix Group for Deaf Children

Members of the Phoenix groupPhoenix Group for deaf children is a local charity with over 200 family members with deaf children and young people. Deaf children can experience isolation and social exclusion because of their hearing loss and can find communication with others very difficult. This can lead to language and reading problems and poor mental health, which presents challenges for them to live independent lives.


The charity would like to run a water sustainability programme to help deaf young people understand the importance of saving water, prompting engagement with others, teaching independent living and reducing water use at the centre. This project will involve the installation of a water butt and putting together information packs for staff and families on how to save water at home.


Shepway Young Persons at Risk

Shepway employees


Shepway Young Persons at Risk is a supported accommodation scheme supporting young people between 6-26 years old in vulnerable circumstances.

The charity provides support for up to two years, helping individuals address their issues to enable them to live independently in the future. The group offers cooking classes, job searches, movie and craft afternoons.

Shepway Young Persons at Risk have purchased a lap top with the money donated, which will aid them in their goal to hold a CV drop-in service for young people. provide



Herts Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT)

Members of the Herts Middlesex wildlife trust raking grass on the river bank

HMWT is a local charity and the leading voice for wildlife conservation in Hertfordshire and Middlesex. The team manages more than 40 nature reserves, covering over 1,900 acres.

Lemsford Springs Nature Reserve is a wildlife haven where many people from the local community come to observe rare wetland species up close. With the money donated they will be holding two work events at Lemsford Springs Nature Reserve including a pond dipping day for the local community, building two spotting panels in the visitor hides to engage local people and raise awareness on the importance of clean water for wildlife.


Sweet Tree Farming for All

Sweet tree farming employees holding chickens

Sweet Tree Farming is an organisation that provides training and meaningful experiences for children and adults with a range of care and support needs. This includes people with learning disabilities, mental health issues, ADHD and alcohol or substance dependencies.

The organisation has a care farm in Mill Hill that is personalised to each person’s abilities and personal goals. The quiet environment helps people who need more support or a consistent routine. With the money donated, they will be able to pay for new kitchen facilities and materials.


Hertfordshire Boat Rescue

St Francis volunteers receiving a cheque

Hertfordshire Boat Rescue works closely with communities in Hertfordshire to teach people about water rescue and water safety.

The charity will use the money donated to buy new lifejackets and throw bags for a project to teach children how to save lives in the water.

The project will last five years or more and shows a great community partnership on a very important subject. The project will help save lives, encourage youngsters into rescue jobs and help children learn and develop life skills.


Hospice of St Francis

St Francis volunteers receiving a cheque


The Hospice of St Francis provides free healthcare to over 2,000 people in Hertfordshire and the Chiltern areas of Buckinghamshire to help transform the lives of adults living with life-limiting illnesses and provide support for those close to them.

The hospice will use the funding to purchase a fountain pond for their garden, which will offer a place of respite for service users and visitors.



Teens Unite Fighting Cancer

Teans Unite team building day

Teens Unite Fighting Cancer works to encourage a positive outlook, increase confidence, improve self-esteem and teach new life skills for young people with cancer.

With the money donated, Teens Unite will be able to hold a team building day where teens can test their physical and mental strength by taking part in activities such as rock climbing and archery. By taking part in these small physical tasks, confidence and self-esteem are rebuilt and this gives them a real sense of achievement and encouragement to continue with these activities in the future.

All the projects and activities Teens Unite offer help young people move on positively in their lives, either during or following their battle with cancer.


Women's Aid 

Employees from Women's Aid


Women’s Aid is a charity organisation that works to support female survivors and their children after escaping domestic violence by providing a place of refuge, whilst offering emotional and practical support.

With the money donated, the families and the children will be going on a trip to a local seaside or zoo for the day and help them make new positive and healthy relationships.



1st Chesterford Scout Group

The 1st Chesterford Scout Group has 27 cubs and has been running for two years. The group works hard to have a positive impact on the local community, raising money for charities and taking part in local environmental projects.

The River Cam runs through the village and the group would like to use it as a learning opportunity to achieve various badges. The Cubs have been donated some test kits to learn about water quality and would like to learn about water consumption and where water comes from.

With the money donated they have purchased an underwater drone and tablet so they can continue to learn more about the underwater world in their local river. The cubs can then give presentations on their findings to their local community about what they have found and what everyone can do to help improve the aquatic environment.


St Clare Hospice West Essex

Staff at St Clare Hospice receiving a cheque from Affinity Water

St Clare Hospice West Essex is the leading provider of specialist care for residents of West Essex, supporting over 1,800 people who have a terminal or life-limiting illness. The hospice supports patients from diagnosis through all stages of the illness or choosing their end of life care.

The hospice have been donated money to purchase an oxygen tank for their terminally ill patients who receive care in the inpatient unit. Most patients need a machine to help them breathe and get oxygen to their blood and this can make each patient feel more comfortable.