Volunteers join forces for community

Volunteers helping out at Woodford Halse Primary School
Volunteers helping out at Woodford Halse Primary School

More than 80 volunteers from Daventry and District Housing (DDH) have been out and about taking part in a week of local and community projects.

It is part of National Volunteers’ Week and DDH’s Make A Difference Day (MADD) has been running from Sunday through to Saturday.

DDH team members, board directors, youth board members and engaged volunteers, are all working hard and giving their all to complete over 20 activities across the Daventry district.

Activities carried out so far range from large-scale improvements, including decorating village halls and landscaping disused and abandoned areas. They have also repaired brickwork at Woodford Halse Primary School, removed a greenhouse and painted at the Phoenix Youth Centre in Daventry.

Tomorrow, Friday, staff will help encourage school children to read and prepare a vegetable patch for a keen gardener from Crick who is in his 90s and grows his own veg every year, but is now finding it a struggle to turn the soil.

Volunteers will also be serving lunch to residents at sheltered housing schemes and make up food parcels at Daventry food bank.

Hayley Davies, the housing firm’s executive director said: “DDH team members try to make a positive impact in the Daventry District on a daily basis, but MADD provides an opportunity for all of our teams to get involved, in a very hands-on way, with a variety of different projects that directly benefit the local community.

“Incorporating MADD 2014 into National Volunteers’ Week means that the organisation can celebrate our dedicated volunteers, who make a positive and lasting impact upon the lives of others. “

A volunteer open day is also set to take place at the community hub on the Southbrook estate from 2pm-5pm today, Thursday. This is where people can find out more about volunteering in the area.