Countryside is committed to giving back to the community
At Countryside, we are passionate about giving back to the community. We know that local charities and community organisations are incredibly important - and sometimes vital - to the people that rely on them. So, whether by raising money or donating our time, we are always looking for new ways to make a real difference on a local level.
This autumn, Countryside teams have been volunteering at local charities and community organisations up and down the country. They have been helping however they can, taking part in a range of activities, from data entry to building insect houses.
In September, we visited Dogs Trust Basildon, which works tirelessly to give dogs a happy, healthy life. The charity relies heavily on volunteers, who help out in a number of ways, from fundraising at events to working at local centres, making sure they look welcoming to visitors and potential adopters.
We spent the day gardening, sorting donations and making enrichment boxes, which help enhance the quality of a dog’s life and provide mental stimulation as they wait for a new home. The group also got to spend some time with the dogs staying at the centre, which really made the day special.
In early October, two groups of volunteers headed to Heart of Kent Hospice, which provides free care for people living with terminal illness. The hospice looks after almost 1,500 patients and their families each year, whilst also maintaining an excellent reputation for the quality of its care.
Heart of Kent Hospice is supported by community fundraisers and the help of volunteers - and the Countryside teams were eager to get involved. Both groups spent the day working in the hospice grounds: on one day, we tidied the outdoor space, removed dead wood and built insect houses, whilst the next week, the team were kept busy with landscaping and painting.
In addition, two groups volunteered at Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex, a Rochester-based charity that saves lives by providing the best possible emergency medical care, 24-7.
We were tasked with helping the Christmas Lottery Team, inputting data and sorting through mail requests. Last year alone, the air ambulance charity was called out to help more than 2,000 people in life-threatening conditions. So, Countryside was particularly thrilled to have the chance to support the organisation in raising funds - money that literally saves lives.
As well as this, a group of volunteers took the time, over three consecutive weeks, to paint the Hatfield Peverel Scout and Guide Headquarters, known locally as ‘the Scout Hut’, in Chelmsford.
At Countryside, we believe in building communities, not just houses - and this commitment drives us to support local charities and organisations in whatever way we can, whether we are working outside or behind a desk.
To find out more about our work in the community, visit our news section where we share regular updates on our volunteering activities.