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Published by kerri smith for Thrive Homes in Housing and also in Communities

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Volunteers working hard to brighten up their Hertfordshire village will be kept warm during the winter months, thanks to the latest community grant from Thrive Homes.

The Croxley-based housing association has awarded a grant to the Abbots Improvements (AIMs) group so it can buy 15 fleeces for its volunteers to wear as they work to improve the public gardens and open spaces in Abbots Langley.

Thrive, which owns and manages more than 4,100 homes across Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, gave out nearly £60,000 in community grants last year to organisations which work to make a real difference to their own communities.

The Abbots Improvements group was set up in 2012 to make small, but noticeable, improvements to the village’s three public gardens – Kitters Green, Manor House and the Millennium Gardens – as well as tidying up local eyesores and organising other initiatives to enhance their community.

Zulf Awan, Community Partnerships Manager at Thrive Homes, said: “Our ambition is to create thriving communities and we want to support local projects which make a real difference to their own environment.

“The volunteers at AIMs are working really hard to transform their village and we hope these fleeces will help keep them warm as they work outdoors during the winter.”

Laila Namdarkhan, Chair of AIMs, added: “It’s our village and we need to take some responsibility for it, so we’re doing what we can to improve the public gardens and the environment. Thanks to Thrive’s community grant, it’s great to have these fleeces because as well as keeping us warm, they are branded so we will be recognised when we are out working.”

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